Early spring, on the beach at Takasago in Banshu. On his way to Kyoto, Tomonari, Guardian of the Shrine of Aso in Higo, sees an elderly couple sweeping needles from around the base of a pine tree, and asks which is the pine-tree of Takasago, which together with the pine tree of Sumiyoshi is part of a phrase meaning “to grow old together”, even though Sumiyoshi is far from this place. The couple gets into a boat and sails away.
Tomonari also sails to Sumiyoshi, and the holy dance of prayer for the Emperor and for the land takes place. It is the beginning of spring, and the mood is calm in its unchanging green. The elderly couple, symbolizing the long ages of the pine tree, also stand for a long and happy married life.