This piece, composed by the founder of the Tozan school, was used as a theme for poetry parties during the new year season. This piece conveys the winter moon shining on plum blossoms to express the flavor of spring. Part 1 depicts the winter moon. Part 2 expresses the composer's feelings and part 3 is a more musical shakuhachi duet.
This composition was written in February 1911. The entire composition consists of three movements. In solo parts of the first two movements every note features the tremendous scene of the moon shining in a winter night. The second movement, which begins with a keen high. pitched tone, is especially impressive. The composition makes a complete change in the third movement which contrasts with the first two movements. It is performed by ensemble in three parts at slow tempo and gives calmness and tranquility to listeners.