Kato Kiyomasa With a Monkey by Yoshitoshi ca. 1883
In this design from Yoshitoshi's "Courageous Warriors" series, the famous
general Kato Kiyomasa approaches a monkey who holds a writing brush. Kiyomasa was a fierce and imposing man, and is usually shown heavily
bearded. He was famous for killing a tiger singlehandedly, and for his
brutal campaigns in Korea in the 1590s. From these he returned with the
noses and ears of 70,000 enemy soldiers, the whole heads being too bulky to
bring back. Here he admonishes his precocious pet.