In this powerful composition, Kuniyoshi illustrates a famous exploit of Raiko (aka Minamoto no Yorimitsu), a legendary warrior credited with slaying the demons, ogres and goblins that roamed medieval Japan. In this particular story, a giant demon known as the Shuten-doji was kidnapping the daughters of noble families, taking them to his lair on Mt. Oe and eating them. Raiko was sent to kill the Shuten-doji. Accompanied by his four loyal retainers, Raiko begins his ascent up the mountain, where he is met by three old deities. The trio give the heroes a special sake that is harmful to demons but beneficial to humans. On Mt. Oe, Raiko tricks Shuten-doji into drinking the sake, immobilizing him so that Raiko can remove the demon’s head. Here, the immense demon stretches across three sheets, rendering Raiko and his retainers small, although mighty. As the warriors ready their swords, Shuten-doji reverts from its daytime guise as a man to its true demonic appearance.