Ki-Yan painted ‘The Praise of Barleycorn’ at Katsukura’ s Higashinotōin branch in 2005. The barley motif, a symbol of fertility, comes from the signature style of Katsukura’s rice-cooked with barley and served with crispy mains such as tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlets), õebikatsu (prawn cutlets) and yubakatsu (tofu-skinned cutlets). Ki-Yan’s mural painting was commissioned for the restaurant’s reopening and completed in an extremely short time, just before the Gion Festival. Even members of Katsukura’ s head office’s design department needed to work through the night to complete the project on time. One of them, the Nihonga artist Shūjirō Takeda, eventually became a member of Team Ki-Yan.