Kujo Takeko was the daughter of Otani Koson, who was the twenty-first abbot of Nishi Honganji temple in Kyoto. She is known as the one of three beauties of the Taisho period, together with Yanagihara Byakuren and Egi Kinkin. She was also a very talented poet and published several poetry anthologies. Her poem on this painting reads:
negura no kaeru
kuraki hima yori
miyuru hana kana
Returning crows see a flower in the dark space between the branches of a mountain pine.