Japanese people believed that foxes were the supernatural messengers of Inari, the god of rice and good fortune. In this print there are green stacks of harvested rice.
A legend said that on New Year’s Eve all the foxes in the area around Edo (Tokyo) gathered at the Inari Shrine, Ōji to hold a ceremony of renewal for the coming year.
According to the story, the foxes changed into formal clothes for the event under a big tree called the Changing Tree. It was said that each fox emitted a pinkish flame or ‘fox-fire’.