37. A glimpse of the moon (Kaimami no tsuki)

A design that is irreverently known as "Peeping Tom". Ko no Moronao, the chief retainer of the 14th century shogun Ashikaga no Takauji, fell in love with Lady Kaoyo, the wife of a court official, and bribed her maids to arrange for him to glimpse her after her bath. When Kaoyo rejected his advances, Moronao had her husband and his family executed. Moronao is also the villain in the Chushingura, the 18th century play about the Forty-seven Ronin, that was deliberately set back in time in order to avoid censorship. (September 1886)