Ando Utagawa Hiroshige - New Year’s Eve Fox Fires at the Changing Tree, Oji. 1856-1859 (Fox Folk 2)
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. On the way, the animals would emit distinctive flames by which local farmers were able to predict the crops of the coming year.