Three and a quarter miles southwest of Fuchu lay Mariko, which was known for a special kind of soup made from yams. This must have been quite a favorite with travelers on the Tokaido, for there were fifteen or more shops selling it in Hiroshige's day. The print shows one of them as it might have appeared in early spring. One customer is happily drinking his soup, while the other is about to be served by the shopowner's wife. She, incidentally, seems to be patterned on a description given in the Hizakurige, a ribald account of the travels of two roguish oafs from Edo. Few art historians mention Hizakurige in connection with Hiroshige, but it seems certain that he took a number of hints from it. The black spot on the ridge of the roof is none too distinct even in the first edition, but it has been shown to delineate two crows, one facing this way and one facing the other.