This noh costume features an unusually large pictorial pattern of courtly carriages and cherry blossoms. During the Heian period (794–1185), the carts were the vehicles of the aristocracy and figured in many works of literature. Carriages themselves play an active role in chapter 9 of The Tale of Genji, which takes place at the time of the annual festival dedicated to the Kamo Shrine. In an episode called the “battle of the carriages,” the carts are used to jockey for an advantageous position from which to view Genji’s performance in the festivities. The aoi plant with its heart-shaped leaves is sacred to the Kamo Shrine, and the plants were used to decorate headdresses and carts at the time of the festival. Note the heart-shaped leaves that decorate all the carts on this noh costume.