An artist, Suzuki Harunobu（鈴木春信）usued to draw a woman who put on a white bridal kimono with an umbrella.
A Kabuki dance, Sagi-musume（鷺娘）was based on his painting.
A white heron, she longings of love for a man. But this love is forbidden.
Then she has to suffer from the judgement of hell. She is dying.
The end of the story is a similar scenario in the ballet "Swan Lake".
Japanese people used to love them, so they made this story.