According to legend, eight katsura, or cassia tress, grow on the moon. While their leaves lend the autumn moon its color, their seeds are imbued with the gifts of immortality and invisibility. In this print, a Buddhist monk holds up his begging bowl to catch these magical seeds as they fall from the night sky. The figure’s facial features, earrings, and distinctive clothing indicate that he is an arhat (in Japanese, rakan), a disciple of Buddha who has achieved enlightenment. These Buddhist saints are popular subjects in both Chinese and Japanese art. Though the glowing circle behind the figure appears to be the moon at first glance, it is in fact the Arhat’s glowing halo.