Toyohara Sumiaki was a courtier and talented musician who served under Emperor Go-Kashiwabara. One night, while playing his flute in the moonlight, he was approached by ferocious wolves. He feared for his life, but when he played his favorite song, the wolves returned to the forest. Sumiaki’s fear is tangible in this print. The wind whips his robes around him, accentuating his apprehension. The moon eerily lights the scene, illuminating the many sharp teeth of the wolves.