Shijo or “Fourth Avenue,” is a street in Kyoto that leads to the Kamo River. During the summer, the riverbank became a seasonal entertainment district filled with temporary teahouses, restaurants, and dance troops. It was a tradition to mark the hottest days of summer with Shijogawara yusuzumi, or “cooling off on Shijo riverbank,” a practice that carried on throughout the Meiji period (1868-1912). In this design, Yoshitoshi invites the viewer to take part in this summer pastime vicariously through a young girl in a lightweight summer kimono. She dips her foot into the water to relieve the heat of the evening, as the lantern glows behind her, bearing the symbol of her tea house. The view of her red under-kimono provides a spark of intimacy to the work. In the brilliant light of the full moon, the lantern hardly seems necessary.