The ill-fated warrior, Saito Kuranosuke Toshimitsu, must have been one of Yoshitoshi’s favorite historical characters, since he is depicted in two separate prints in this series. Toshimitsu was originally a retainer of the Saito family of Mino province. Later, he served Akechi Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide allied with the successful military leader Oda Nobunga, yet soon sought revenge for Nobunga’s persistent chastisement. Toshimitsu tried to persuade Mitsuhide not to attack Oda Nobunaga, but when Mitsuhide attacked Nobunaga anyway, Toshimitsu joined forces with him. Toshimitsu was captured soon after the battle and became a monk. As the last hint of sunset fades on the horizon and the moon hangs high, Yoshitoshi depicts the warrior in full armor, scouting the land before the battle.