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Left: Fukami Jikyu Challenges the Moon
Jikyu joins a vigilante group associated with excessive behavior, elegant clothing, and pride. He writes a poem claiming the moon is fruitlessly trying to outshine him.
Right: Kesa Gozen Writes Last Words Before Dying in Place of Her Husband
Fearing for her husband, Gozen pretends to agree to Morito’s overtures if he will first kill her husband. She takes her husband’s place in bed, then Morito mistakenly cuts off her head and is appalled to see that he has murdered his obsession.
Left: Chang E Flees to the Moon
During an eclipse, Hou Yi fires arrows into the sky. When the moon reappears, he is rewarded with a magical elixir. His wife, Chang E, drinks it and escapes to the moon.
Right: The Old Woman Retrieves Her Arm
Tsuna cut off the arm of something touching him as he slept. Monks advise him to put the strange arm in a box and allow no one to see it. His elderly aunt arrives, and he accedes to her request to view the marvel: the aunt turns out to be the shapeshifting demon Ibaraki, who flies away with the arm—his own.
Left: The Enlightenment of Jigokudayu
A courtesan converts to religious life. Her robe includes scenes of the tortures of hell, and her sash displays an image of the bodhisattva of compassion.
Right: Hangakujo on a Rearing Horse
The daughter of a samurai family, Jo raises an army to defend a fort against a superior force. The defense collapses after she is wounded and captured.
Left: Noto-no-kami Noritsune and Kuro Hangan Minamoto Yoshitsune Fighting on Ship’s Prow
Strongman Noritsune leaps upon a ship to challenge the young general Yoshitsune, who nimbly leaps to a faraway vessel.
Right: Funada Nyudo Yoshimasa Grappling with Sachujo Nitta Yoshisada in Midair
This print is a mystery, since Yoshimasa is known as a loyal retainer of Yoshisada.
Left: Nawa no Nagashige Helping Emperor Godaigo Escape from Oki Island to Hoki
Nagashige offers to carry the escaping emperor on his back, since Godaigo has never had to walk outside.
Right: Lunacy: Unrolling Letters
Ochiyo receives news of her lover’s death and wanders, mad with grief, unrolling and rolling his letters until she dies of exhaustion.
Left: Kenshin Watches Geese in the Moonlight
General Kenshin, a brilliant strategist, watches geese and successfully changes battle plans based on their formation.
Right: Gamo Sadahide’s Servant, Toki Motosada, Hurls a Demon King to the Ground at Mount Inohana
Motosada sees phantoms cavorting, and one possesses a wooden temple guardian. He grapples with the guardian, and when he throws it down, the apparitions vanish.
Left: Danjo Matsunaga Hisahide Preparing to Commit Suicide
The army besieging Hisahide’s castle demands two things: Hisahide’s head and a specific teacup, which the 70-year-old defiantly smashes before killing himself.
Right: Shinchunagon Taira no Tomomori Sweeping the Deck
Realizing defeat is imminent, Tomomori calmly tidies the imperial barge so that the enemy would not have the satisfaction of claiming a ship left in disarray.