Hasebe Nobutsura was the retainer of Prince Mochihito-Shinno. In 1180, the prince plotted with Minamoto Yorimasa to overthrow Taira-no Kiyomori. Taira forces discovered the plot and the prince had to flee the castle immediately to avoid arrest. Nobutsura helped the prince and his foster brother escape dressed as courtly women. Since traveling upper class women obscured their entire form with large veiled hats, the two men stayed well hidden and escaped the oncoming soldiers. Nobutsura remained behind to defend the castle. Yoshitoshi portrays the loyal retainer at the edge of the trees, watching the prince escape into the misty night.