Kampaku (the Chief Adviser to the Emper) Fujiwara Sadanobu, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
From the series of One Hundred Ghost Tales from China and Japan, by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)
It was the then Chancellor and Grand Minister, Fujiwara no Tadahira (Sadanobu) who walked quietly through the palace with a handsome profile. He was dressed in a luxurious jet-black ikan (traditional formal court dress) with Kara-zuri technique (making paper uneven without colors).
One night, when he was walking in front of the Emperor’s room in the Imperial Palace, someone grabbed his sword from a gap in a bamboo blind. When he suddenly saw him, he saw an ogre. He quickly drew his sword and slashed the ogre with no haste. Then the ogre suddenly disappeared.
Title: “Kampaku Fujiwara Sadanobu”
Author: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi