Kuniyoshi uses the arch of Gojo Bridge to draw the viewer into the famous first meeting of Benkei and Ushiwakamaru. The story tells that Benkei, a wandering priest feared for his strength and swordsmanship, waited in the shadow of Gojo Bridge to challenge unsuspecting warriors. One night, Ushiwakamaru (Yoshitsune) attempted to cross the bridge. Though Benkei expected a quick victory, Ushiwakamaru easily bested the towering priest. Following this moonlit duel, Benkei became one of Ushiwakamaru’s most loyal followers. Though this legendary battle is the subject of the print, Kuniyoshi grounds the tale with a sense of place. The heroes occupy only a small amount of the composition, but Kuniyoshi pays special attention to the bridge. Through attention to scale, the arc, and the landscape under the bridge, Kuniyoshi places the viewer on the bank of the river, gazing up at the historical event overhead.