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Utagawa Hiroshige, New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Oji from One Hundred Views of Edo, 1857.

New Years Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree. Ukiyo-e woodblock print, 1857, Japan, by artist Ando Hiroshige.

“Fox Fires on New Year’s Eve at the Garment Nettle Tree at Oji” by Utagawa Hiroshige (1857)

New Year's Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Oji, No. 118 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1857. It was believed that on New Year's Eve all the foxes of the surrounding provinces would gather at a particular tree near Oji Inari Shrine, the headquarters of the regional cult of the god Inari. There the foxes would change their dress for a visit to the shrine, where they would be given orders for the coming year.... more about this at the link in comments.

Foxes Meeting at Oji Andô Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: 1857 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Utagawa Hiroshige "Peacock Perched on a Maple Tree in Autumn" 1833