The beautiful musician, Kogo no Tsubone, was a favorite of the 12th century emperor, Go-Shirakawa. Empress Kenreimonin became fierce with jealousy and sought advice from her father, Kiyomori. He ordered that Tsubone be poisoned, so she fled from the court. The emperor sent the courtier Nakakuni, another musician, to find Tsubone and return her to Kyoto. One night, Nakakuni heard familiar koto music emerging from a small house in Saga. He responded by playing a tune on his flute and convinced the lady to return to court. In this print, Yoshitoshi depicts the musicians’ call and response. Nakakuni has dismounted his horse to play his flute, while Tsubone can be seen within the house, bent over her koto.