As the tidal flats appear and disappear, the natural beauty of Waka-no-ura has inspired many poets over the ages. Hiroshige presents this storied landscape through a crane’s eye view. While the bridges, houses, and mountains appear small in the distance, the cranes fly close enough to the viewer for them to appreciate the texture of the snowy feathers, made tangible through karazuri (blind printing). In this technique, a line block would be printed without ink atop a designated area, embossing a pattern into the paper. Today, Kii Province corresponds to southern Mie Prefecture and Wakayama Prefecture.