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An image of Rain of the fifth month by Suzuki HARUNOBU

Suzuki HARUNOBU

(Japan 1725 – 1770)

Title
Rain of the fifth month
Other titles:
Three girls in the rain
Alternative title:
Fûzoku shiki kasen: Samidare
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615 - 1868 → Japan
Year
late 1760s-1770
Media category
Print
Materials used
colour woodcut
Dimensions

27.3 x 22.0 cm

Signature & date
Signed l.l., in Japanese, ink [incised on block] "Suzuki Harunobu ga [picture by Harunobu]". Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1951
Accession number
8581
Location
Not on display
Further information

In most parts of Japan, the fifth month (present day June by the Gregorian calendar) brings lengthy rainy days. Although the rain is necessary for healthy growth of the rice crop, combined with pre-summer warmth it can cause health hazards and dampen spirit for the urban population of Edo.
The poem reads: "The downpour ceases from time to time, but the sky is never seen clear of the summer rain clouds" (Furisusabu/ todae wa aredo/ samidare no/ kumo wa harema mo/ mienu sora kana) - translation by Jack Hillier 1970.

Bibliography (2)

Louise Mitchell, Stepping out: three centuries of shoes, Sydney, 2009, 18 (colour illus.).

YOSHIDA Teruji, Ukiyo-e Jiten, Japan, 1990, vol.1/ 33 (illus.), vol.3/ pp.120-122.