This painting is about Kannon, the god of compassion and mercy in Japan. This painting represents him in white robes and clearly the focal point of the piece. The rough waters below him symbolize the pain and suffering of the individuals who haven't found the light. So Kannon in white robes is very easy to spot amidst the chaos. The circle behind him, perhaps depicting the sun, has him placed in the middle with a lone tree above. This half of the image is opposite of the bottom half and is peaceful, showing people that he can help them find peace among their problems.