During the Edo period (1603-1868), visitors would flock to Shinobugaoka to enjoy the transient beauty of the sakura (cherry blossoms) in early spring. Known today as Tokyo’s Ueno Park, the area continues to draw crowds as a destination for hanami, or “flower viewing.” During hanami, people hung fabric or kimono from the trees to create temporary enclosures so that they could picnic in private beneath the blossoms. In this print, a young samurai by the name of Gyokuensai stands beneath a cherry tree on a blustery night. The breeze flips the edge of the hanging kimono to reveal an ornate lacquered picnic box, but the man appears to be alone. As pale petals swirl in the dim light of the crescent moon, they allude both to the fleeting nature of the blossoms and the life of the samurai.