Shōzoku-batake Ishō-enoki from "Guide to Famous Spots of Edo Vol.5"
Compiled by Saitō Chōshū, Painted by Hasegawa Settan 1834-1836 (Tempō 5 to Tempō 7) Kaga Collection 256

There is an old saying that foxes, which are believed to be the messengers of Inari, gather in Ōji Inari Shrine from all over the Kantō Region on the New Year's Eve, dress themselves under the enoki tree nearby and pay their first visits of the year. This is the origin of "Ishō-enoki". It was said that local people divined the harvest condition of the following year by the foxfire lit by foxes.