This painting shows a memory in Sakubei’s boyhood, which was unforgettable for him.
It is said that the lady of a boardinghouse called Onaya for unmarried male miners of the Kamimio Coal Pit played the three-stringed instrument called Shamisen and that her daughter danced to it every night.
The daughter’s name was Oyuki at age 18.
It is also said that everyone would listen to the sound of the instrument because itwas a great comfort for them in the pit where incessant quarrels and fights made the atmosphere savage.
Reportedly, Sakubei as a boy also peeped at the dancing daughter through the lattice window of the house.