Japanese art and storms

Japanese art and storms

Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

The artist Hiyoshi Mamoru depicts two children and their father running home to escape the lightning. One can imagine the noise of thunder, the flash of lightning, and the start of rain – while they run for cover toward the safety of home.

Mamoru studied under the highly acclaimed Okada Saburosuke (1869-1939). He had fond memories of his time in Korea – during the colonial period.

The art piece above is by Tsutsui Toshimine (1863-1934). He was born in the late Edo Period and died in the early Showa Era.

This lovely print shows a refined lady fighting against the rain and wind. She is dressed elegantly. However, despite her attire, she is determined to reach her final destination despite the ongoing storm.

The last art piece is a lovely print by the esteemed Hiroshige (1797-1858). In this print, travelers are caught out by the sudden storm that breaks out. One can also imagine the heat concerning the attire of the travelers.

Hiroshige focused on many artistic themes – including birds, erotic art (shunga), landscapes, nature, religious angles, and so much more. True to Hiroshige, the ordinary often became sublime beauty. Therefore, the appeal of Hiroshige never fades in Japan and internationally.

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