At the beginning of the 9th century, Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, known as General Tamura, was sent by the emperor to subdue the aboriginal populations in the Seizaka Mountains. Following a successful campaign, he founded the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. In the noh play, Tamura, a traveling priest arrives at Kiyomizu on a moonlit spring night. The ghost of Tamuramaro appears to him twice: first under a blossoming cherry tree as a boy sweeping fallen petals, and again, as the brave general. Yoshitoshi portrays both ghostly encounters at once: Tamuramaro stands with the broom beneath the cherry blossoms, but wears the armor of a general. The grey mask evokes a noh mask, strengthening the prints allusion to Tamura.