82. Kenshin watching geese in the moonlight

Uesugi Terutoa (15301578), also known by his Buddhist priest name Kenshin, was famed for his military expertise and strategy, and for the legendary rivalry with Takeda Shingen (print #41). Here he is seen on the eve of a successful battle on the island of Sado, watching a flight of birds pass the midnight full moon, and moved to compose a poem that reads: "Frost fills the camp and the autumn air is still - lines of returning geese cross the moon of the third hour." (printed April 1890)