Yûgao was composed by Kikuoka Kengyô, with lyrics inspired by the chapter “Evening Faces” from the 11th century Japanese novel Tale of the Genji. Prince Genji, an amorous boy of seventeen, visits his old foster mother in a slightly neglected area of Kyoto. On the way, he stops to admire several evening glories blooming near a fence. Just then, a maid-servant appears with an evening glory, or a yûgao, poised on a perfumed fan, and a poem: a gift from the young women in the house. Genji resolves to find out who this young admirer might be. He calls her Yûgao and manages to have a brief love affair with her, but Genji’s previous lover, Rokujô, becomes intensely jealous and sends a vindictive spirit to kill Yûgao, who dies in Genji’s arms.