Shijo or “Fourth Avenue,” was a street in Kyoto that lead to the Kamo River. During the summer, the river receded and became a seasonal entertainment district filled with teahouses, restaurants, booths and dance troops. It became a tradition to mark the hottest days of summer with Shijogawara no suzumi, or “cooling off on Shijo riverbank,” a practice that was popular throughout the Meiji period. This charming print shows a young girl in a lightweight summer kimono. She dips her foot into the water to relieve the heat of a summer evening. 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 beside her hardly seems necessary.