Hikaru umi translates to Glittering Sea. This print and several others composed Hiroshi Yoshida's "Inland Sea" series, in which he captured scenes of sailing boats during all times of day and night.
Yoshida began his training as a Western-style painter, but was drawn toward the collaborative nature of ukiyo-e, or woodblock printing. He worked in the shin-hanga style, which was seen as neo-ukiyo-e since it used natural light, thinner colored lines, and soft colors. Yoshida is considered one of the masters of this kind of woodblock print.