This print shows Minamoto no Yoshitsune soaring through the air during his famous duel with Benkei at Gojo Bridge. Although Yoshitsune was still very young at the time, he defeated the ferocious Benkei, who then became his most faithful follower. The story tells that Benkei waited in the shadows at this bridge to steal the swords of all who crossed. One evening, seventeen-year-old Yoshitsune approached the bridge playing his flute, his fine sword on his hip. Benkei expected a quick victory, yet Yoshitsune proved an undefeatable opponent and Benkei admitted defeat. Yoshitoshi captures Yoshitsune’s talent for martial arts, depicting the young warrior in mid-air.