Sumiyoshi Shrine was dedicated to the god of poetry and located on a scenic beach near present- day Osaka. In this print, Fujiwara no Sadaie, also known as Teika, sleeps soundly on the stairs of the shrine. Perhaps he fell asleep while watching the full moon. As the man's chin rests on his chest, the god appears in a dream, emerging from the darkness. It was said that this wise deity would appear in dreams or visions to people who visited the shrine, especially if the visitors were also poets. Yoshitoshi emphasizes the mystical nature of the god through the smoky effect of a difficult process called atenashi bokashi, or "borderless printing."