Fujiwara Moronaga was a statesman known for his musical skills. During the turbulent political climate of the 13th century, he was banished from the capital on two occasions: once to the island of Shikoku and once to Owari. Fortunately, his poetic sensibilities enabled him to enjoy views of the moon from such rustic spots. In this print, he plays his biwa, or lute, as the moon peeks under the auburn foliage. An anonymous woman listens to Moronaga’s song. Completely absorbed in his playing, he is unaware of his audience. While the woman’s robes rustle in the breeze, his inner tranquility is reflected in the stillness of the moment. Yet, his unkempt hair reminds the viewer of his exile.