65. Katada Bay moon (Katadaura no tsuki)

In a scene from the Kabuki play Katada ochi (Escaping to Katada), Saito Kuranosuke leads his horse along the shores of Lake Biwa. He looks back as if to make sure that they are not being followed. The straw sandals worn by the horse also indicate that this is a journey into secrecy. After the death of Akechi Mitsuhide in 1582 (Print #19), Saito Kuranosuke and his son Toshimitsu (#8) flee to Katada Bay on Lake Biwa. Kuranosuke falls ill and hides in the house of his nurse. He is eventually caught and executed. His son is allowed to live, and becomes a monk. (published June 1888)