Here, caught in a sudden downpour, people rush along the steep hillside. Bamboo bends under the force of wind and rain, and the people in the foreground mimic this downward motion in order to shield their eyes from the water streaming upon them in torrents. Masterfully depicted, the viewer can almost feel the bullets of rain, and sense of sympathy for these unfortunate travelers.
Eight Views of Ômi: Night Rain at Karasaki (Karasaki no Ya-u) Number 2 of the "Omi Hakkei No Uchi" series (Eight Views of Lake Biwa)
Vertical lines stream downward across the print indicated torrents of rain. The dark color pallette and black strip across the top indicate that the image is set at night. A giant pine looms over the image.
Eight Views of Edo Suburbs: Fishing Boats Returning to Gyôtoku
The pyramid shaped hills in the background of this print are those of the boiling houses and salt piles of Gyôtoku’s salt industry. A ferry boat, or watashi-bune, carries passengers in the foreground of this picture. In this print a shipman steers using the large rudder located in the back of the boat.
Autumn Wind, from the Furyu rokkasen (The Six Elegant Poets) series
A young woman hurries across a bridge, using one of her sleeves to shield her head from the strong wind. Plants around her bend in the force of the wind, and tree branches lose their leaves. An Uta poem by Bunya-no-Yasuhide graces the top register.
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chûban (medium size) nishiki-e (full-color woodblock print) on paper