During the Edo period, haiku poets often traveled the country in search of inspiration. In this print, Yoshitoshi depicts the famous poet Matsuo Basho, sometimes known as the “old man.” Born into a samurai family, Basho left home at 22 years old to live on a riverbank in Edo and focus on his poetry. Basho traveled throughout Japan, drawing inspiration from its people, customs, and history. Meeting people along the road was one of the pleasures of travel. Here, the travelling poet has come upon a group of farmers celebrating the festival of the harvest moon. A table is decorated with flowers symbolizing autumn. They have spread a straw mat in front of the table and invite the poet to join them for tea and cakes as they enjoy the full moon.