Utagawa Hiroshige | New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Ōji | Japan | Edo period (1615–1868) | The Met
Foxes gather at the large, old enoki (hackberry) tree on New Year's Eve to prepare to pay homage at the Ōji Inari shrine, the headquarters of the Inari cult in eastern Japan (Kantō). The cult centers on the god of the rice field, for whom the fox serves as messenger