Chrysanthemum Tryst by ayudovin
This image is based on a retelling (that I'd either read or heard) of a story that I now know to be called "Chrysanthemum Tryst" from a book by Ugetsu Monogatari "Tales of Moonlight and Rain".
The tale I heard went something like this:
A merchant nurses a wounded samurai back to health. Their friendship develops into love. However, the samurai has to leave for his home province to do something important (I cant recall what exactly, but fighting against incredible odds is involved). He promises his lover that he will come back some time after, on a specific date. The appointed day comes but the samurai does not come, and his lover is beginning to lose hope and thinks he was abandoned, when finally, late at night, the samurai comes to him. The merchant is overjoyed, but asks why his lover is late, and the samurai explains to him that he had been captured, and when he realized that he wouldnt be able to keep his appointment, he killed himself so that his spirit could travel to his lover on the promised day...