The song's meaning depends on each person. One interpretation is the depiction of life during the recovery of WWI, when many women sold themselves. Another is that the song is about the changes that occured during Japan around this period of time. Around the turn of the 20th century Japan began opening its borders to western influence. Due to this, Japan began to industrialize quicker than its East Asian neighbors. However, while Japan began to industrialize and open its mind to western ideas and customs, the song portrays that Japan slowly began to lose the beauty of its classic traditions in favor of the advancement that industrial society can bring. This is noted by the illustration above, the left portion of the background representing tradition and nature, and the right technology and industry.