Volume one: one-page preface signed Ichiyosei Shujin (haikai poet Tani Sogai (1717–1809)), dated Kansei hinoe tatsu natsu no hi (a summer day in 1796); two single-page and nine double-page illustrations
Volume two: two single-page, nine double-page illustrations
Volume three: four single-page, and nine double-page illustrations
No colophon, the inside back cover with announcements of publications by Yamazaki Kimbei
Tanoshimi gusa is organised into three volumes according to the popular theme 'Snow, Moon and Flowers' (Settsugekka), with volume one being 'Flowers', volume two "Moon' and volume three 'Snow'. The scenes depicted in each volume are of temple and shrine visits and various activities relating to each of the three Settsugekka themes. For example the first double-page illustration in volume one depicts the Hanashizume no matsuri, which was held at the Omiwa shrine in late spring, for good health. It was believed that the scattering of blossoms in the wind was linked to the spread of epidemics. Volume two includes a lively double-page illustration of a moon rabbit pounding mochi with the help of a frog, with further rabbits and frogs assisting in the production. Volume 3 includes an illustration of a group of men, women and children making snow sculptures. During the Edo period, as a winter amusement, children often made snow sculptures and the two most popular types were the snow rabbit (yuki usagi) and the snow Daruma (yuki Daruma), pictured here. A crouching man is making a yuki usagi on the veranda of a building watched in amusement by a young woman and excited child, whilst a man pulls a giant snowball with the help of two children. Another man is standing holding a brush and inkstone having just painted the finishing facial touches to a yuki Daruma behind him. He appears to be pointing out his work to the courtesan seated on the veranda.
Very few copies of this book are recorded. Another copy is in the collection of The National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian (Gerhard Pulverer Collection), accession no. FSC-GR-780.384.1-3. That copy has covers brown covers with red stylised chrysanthemum flowers, and a different announcement page in volume three which announces publications by Tsutaya Juzaburo, see: https://pulverer.si.edu/node/818/title/1