This portrait depicts two characters appearing in “Yoshitsune Senbonzakura”, the final kyogen in the second play performed at the Kawarasaki-za Theater in May 1794 (Kansei 6). This portrait is one of the two half-body standing-figure portraits drawn during the first period of Sharaku’s life as an artist. Kawatsura Hougan, on the right, is the person who hides Minamoto Yoshitsune; Onino Sadobo, on the left, is a villain targeting Yoshitsune, following Yokawa no Kakuhan. Sharaku contrasts both good and bad. As he illustrates in his other two-figure portraits, he liked to contrast two figures: Yodogoro opens his mouth but Zenji closes his, Yodogoro makes a fist but Zenji opens his hand, Yodogoro has long hair but Zenji is bald. Sharaku adds plenty of variation into the screen. There are other characters in the play, such as Shizukagozen, Sato Tadanobu, and Yokawano Kakuhan: Sharaku could have illustrated any of these characters with Kawatsura Hougan, but he didn’t. He set the object from his point of view, different to the traditional way. This is because that Sharaku believed that he could best express his art through depicting both Yodogoro and Zenji. This is what made Sharaku different from other artists and represents his unseen unique artistic ability.
Yodogoro Sawamura II was the second highest-ranking actor of villains. Zenji Bando was not a highly-ranked actor, as mentioned in the description of “Kiyotaro Iwai as Fujinami, a wife of Washizaka Sanai and Zenji Bando as Kozasa, a wife of Washizuka Kandayu”.