Time for another Kuniyoshi print:
Mori Ranmaru Nagayasu was one of many Mori youngsters who served as pages to the powerful Oda clan during the 16th century. Ranmaru is remembered for his loyalty to Oda Nobunaga. When Nobunaga, Ranmaru and others were trapped at the Honno-ji temple by Akechi‘s troops, Nobunaga decided to commit suicide to preserve his honour. He turned to Ranmaru and told him “Ran, do not let them enter”, meaning he should not let the Akechi troops take Nobunaga’s head as a trophy. Ranmaru complied by setting fire to the temple, and then committing suicide next to his Lord. He was 18 at this time (1582).