Released in 1857, this triptych returns to the demise of the Kusunoki clan at Shijo Nawate. Presenting this 1348 battle from the epic Taiheiki, this print shows the warriors of the Southern Court just before their gruesome defeat by their Northern enemy. While the rain of arrows remains as incessant as that found in Kuniyoshi’s c.1850 rendition of the incident, the Kusunoki clan retain more vigor in this later triptych. Arrows lodge in the bodies of the warriors and their tattered banners, but their faces retain their fierceness. Bloodstains on their armor, using a lifeless body for protection, the vitality of their postures suggests that not all is lost - yet.