61. Gojo Bridge moon (Gojobashi no tsuki)

A scene from the Noh play "Benkei on the Bridge". The child Minamoto Ushiwaka in mid jump, defending the passage on Gojo Bridge in Kyoto against the warrior-priest Benkei. When Benkei cannot defeat Ushikawa, and learns of his high birth, he humbly surrenders. Ushiwaka later became the legendary General Minamoto Yoshitsune (1159-1189), and Benkei his loyal follower. Below is Yoshitoshi's 1881 triptych with Benkei far left, ducking Ushikawa's fan. (published April 1888)