The legend on the print indicates that the setting was somewhat outside Fujikawa, which was about seven miles northwest of Akasaka. The picture shows three commoners bowing before the procession of a daimyo. The horses with the white paper ornaments are doubtless being taken from Edo to Kyoto as gifts from the shogun to the emperor. It was the custom among Japanese in the past to exchange gifts on the first day of the eighth month in the lunar calendar to celebrate the harvesting of the rice crops, and since this happened to be the date on which, in 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu had assumed control of Edo Castle, thė Tokugawa government regarded the festivities as particularly important. The shogun invariably sent a gift of horses to the emperor, and the procession shown here is certainly the one charged with delivering them, since it was such a procession that Hiroshige followed to Kyoto in 1832.