Kiku and Yoshi can't wait to visit their grandfather, Japan's most famous artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Their adventure begins in the bustling streets of Edo (now known as Tokyo), where they encounter hard-working fishermen and traders, dancers and dignitaries, servants and important guests of the Emperor. Arriving at their grandfather's, they see works by the old artist, who tells them exciting tales of his travels to the far away cities of Kyoto and Osaka. Journeys in those days were extremely strenuous and Hokusai had to carry his luggage on his back, protecting it from treacherous bandits while struggling through storms and across rivers. This exciting story is fully illustrated with Hokusai's delightful and detailed prints and told in a lively style to appeal to children of all ages.