Introduction by Lynn Johnston (For Better or Worse).
The short story "Return to Adachi Plain" was originally a fully painted story exclusive to Usagi Yojimbo (1987) HC vol. 04 and titled "The Battle of Adachigahara Plain". That version of the story was reprinted in The Art of Usagi Yojimbo (2004). The black and white version found in this collection was reillustrated, and co-inked by Sergio Aragonés for Usagi Yojimbo (1996) #10.
The short stories "Hebi" from Usagi Yojimbo (1987) HC vol. 07 and "Courage of the Plum" from The Art of Usagi Yojimbo (1997) #1 were combined into a single story with a new framing sequence for this collection, and titled "Snakes and Blossoms".