Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Title: Kokoku Niju-shi Ko - Thunder God Michizane
Description: From "Kokoku Niju-shi Ko" ("Twenty-four Examples of Filial Children in Japan"). An aristocrat, Sugawara Michizane, who was a renowned poet and calligrapher in the Heian Court. He was later involved in the court intrigue and banished to the southern island, Kyushu. The legend said that his angry spirit became the thunder and strike the imperial court in Kyoto. Since then, he was enshrined as the guardian god of scholarship and literature.