Incorporating elaborate costumes, wigs, and masks, the kagura, is a type of dance performed at Shinto shrines on festive occasions. In this print, an elaborately costumed dancer stands atop the float and raises a gohei, a paper-covered wand used to evoke the Shinto gods. The ornate brocade that covers the float matches the drama of the dancer’s flowing red wig and spectacular costume. The dancer is part of a procession celebrating the festival of Sanno, a summer festival still celebrated in Tokyo and Kyoto today. To the right, a drum topped with an ornament of a rooster, a symbol of good government, is carried.