here is one of 3 woodblock prints in this collection which
preserve the legendary story of the Hachi no ki,
The Potted Trees. This fictional account of events from the
14th century, memorialized in a classic Noh play, unfolds
a story of sacrifice, commitment, valor and ultimately reward.
So significant and engaging is the story-line of this print
that we have devoted a special section of this site to a brief
description with a reference to the complete text. Of the
3 images in our collection this one can claim to create the
most literal portrait of this absorbing tale. We will encourage
you to read more about The Potted Trees and reveal only that
the object the woman is wielding...is a knife.