This design features Mimasumon and Daishoarare, two of the most widely used patterns from the Edo period among everyone from the warrior class to the common populace. Using indigo, a traditional color deeply rooted in the livelihood of the Edo people and reflecting their aesthetics, the design depicts an endless stretch of outer space that derives from the deep snow of a winter scene.

Mimasumon is a pattern that was devised by a kabuki actor in Edo period. Masu (a square wooden cup) in three different sizes nested inside each other shows an increase (“masu”) in the masu, viewed from above, which depicts an auspicious omens motif. While Daishoarare was a classic pattern used by the Shimazu clan of the Satsuma domain during the Edo period, it was also used in haori coats and short-sleeved kimonos called kosode by the general public. It is known to be one of the most popular patterns among Edo komon (single-color small patterns).