Birds with long tails inhabit a bright landscape of waterfalls, rocks, pine trees, and cherry blossoms. Resembling auspicious motifs frequently used in China, the birds have the vivid color of pheasants and the ribbon-like tails of magpies, yet the dominance of cherry blossoms firmly locates the scene in Japan. The inherent qualities of the materials and techniques of this uchikake increase the reflection of light and lend great radiance to the auspicious landscape. The ground is a lustrous white satin damask, and the floss-silk embroidery consists mostly of satin stitch, a long floating stitch that enhances luminosity. Most brilliant of all is the gold thread and couching used for the waterfalls and forceful current. In the couching technique, the shiny metallic threads are laid on the surface of the fabric and stitched into place, permitting the reflection of light along the unbroken length of the waterfall.