Well i think you need to hear the story behind this one first.
It's the tragic tale of Sawara and Kimi.
You can read the verse here
The version that i have read is pretty fair till the end.
Sawara travelled to the Kabakarijima islands to make sketches where he met a woman on the beach. She wore a red cloth round her hips, long loose hair that fell on her shoulders She carried lobsters in a basket, when she saw Sawara, she recognised him right away.
“You are Sawara and I am Kimi,” she said “with you are engaged with. It were false rumours about your wedding with the daughter of Myokei and I am so happy, because nothing can come between our wedding.”
“I’m sorry, poor, pityfull Kimi, but we cannot wed. I thought you left Tenko alone and have forgotten me. I was so much convinced that I wed Kiku, the daughter of a peasant!”
Kimi, jumped and leapt without a word to her little cabin where she lived. When he arrived the cabin he saw how Kimi took a knife and stabbed it into her neck. The next moment she was lying dead on the floor. Sawara wept for her death. He saw the peaceful beauty on her face and after the final tears were shed, he made a ketch of the woman who truly loved him but faith was merciless to her. He buried her above the floodline of the beach.
When he returned home, he made a kakemono based on the sketch of Kimi he made, and when it was finished he hung it on the wall. On the same night Sawara awoke and noticed the image have come alive, Kimi stood in front of him, with her loose hair and the wound on her throat. Every night she returned, as a silent and sad image. Sawara was grieved of this events, finally decided to gave the kakemono away to the Temple of Korinji, and sent his wife to her parents. The priests of Korinji prayed daily for the soul of Kimi till finally she find her peace and rest.
She didn’t torment Sawara anymore.
(Dedicated to Kim Vilimek)