In this famous fairy tale, an old bamboo cutter discovered a tiny baby girl inside of a hollow bamboo stem. He took her home to his wife, where the child grew into a beautiful young woman in a miraculously short time. Her name was Kaguyahime, “Shining Princess.” Many suitors courted her, but she gave each an impossible task and each was defeated. When the emperor heard of her beauty, he asked for her hand in marriage. Finally, Kaguyahime revealed that she had come from the moon to answer the old couple’s desire for a child, but that she must now leave them and return to her home. Yoshitoshi depicts her heavenly ascent. The bamboo cutter has fallen to his knees as he begs her not to go, arms raised in his plea. Kaguyahime rises on a cloud, but her face reveals her hesitation to leave her earthly family.