The fourth print appearing in Volume 2 of Gishi taikan, edited by Fukumoto Nichinan.
It is the spring of 1702 and Ōishi Yoshio has moved to Yamashina, a rural area southeast of Kyoto, and is spending time in Kyoto's pleasure quarters in Gion and Shimabara and in Shumoku-chō in Fushimi. Here he plays one of his own compositions, perhaps Satogeshiki, on the shamisen at the Sasaya brothel where he has been spending time with the courtesan Ukihashi.
Previously, he has divorced his wife Riju and sent his younger children to safety, hoping to spare them punishment for his planned actions.
Lore has it that Ōishi's pleasure pursuits were a ruse to make the bakufu and Kira's clan believe that he was not capable of carrying out the vendetta. Tucker points out that "Ōishi, a Genroku samurai who enjoyed life" would have normally been drawn to Kyoto's entertainment districts and that the extent of his debauchery as part of his plan to keep Kira off-guard was likely exaggerated in building the legend of the Righteous Samurai.
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Kaburaki Kiyokata 鏑木清方 (1878-1972)