Playing on the familiar theme of "beauties of the three capitals," Kiyochika explores the technical potential of the woodblock print medium. Through the use of the "net" pattern the granular marks and crosshatched lines mimic wood engraving, the main means of reproducing photographs in the West. The oval framing and black-and-white format of the portrait evoke the photography of the time. Above the portrait , a gilt frame incloses the publishing informations, while to the right, a long and narrow poem card reads " Oh to see moon and snow together in the mountain of blossoms." (Trans. Smith, Kiyochika, p.28) This poem alludes to the magic of seeing three beauties at once.