The various stages involved in the production of rice, from planting
the seeds to storing the final crop, are represented against the
background of the changing seasons. Pictures of farming activities
arose in China to accompany Confucian teachings on the moral obligations
of men in power to those who labored on their behalf. The theme
became part of the repertoire of imagery of Chinese-style figures
employed in Zen temples.
The screens are very close to the style of Kano Motonobu (1476-1559),
the painter who succeeded in combining Chinese ink brushwork and
the use of color pigments for monumental painting schemes in temples.
This style is credited with helping establish the Kano school
as official painters to the shogun.