An image of Rain of the fifth month

Suzuki HARUNOBU

(Japan 1725 – 1770)

Rain of the fifth month

Other titles:
Three girls in the rain
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.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Edo (Tokugawa) period 1615–1868
Year
late 1760s-1770
Media
Print
Medium
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