Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Soma no furudairi ai Masakado himegimi Takiyasha yojutsu o motte mikata o atsumuru [In the Ruined Palace at Soma Masakado’s Daughter Takiyasha Uses Sorcery to Gain Allies] - Mitsukuni defying the skeleton spectre conjured up by Princess Takiyasha, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi Oban tate-e triptych (36 x 24.8cm.) - This famous print is based on the book Uto Yasukata chugi-den [Story on the Loyalty of Uto Yasukata], written by Santo Kyoden (1761-1816). The legend tells that Princess Takiyasha was the daughter on Taira no Masakado, who had died in the year 940 during an unsuccessful rebellion. At some point she and her stepbrother met Nikushisen, a spirit, whose powers helped them in forming a rebellion. They go to the Soma Palace (which belonged to their father) to enact their plan. However, a retainer of Minamoto Yorinobu, Oya Taro Mitsukuni, discovered the plot and finally defeated the princess and her stepbrother at the palace.