鈴木春信画 桜狩 Young Man and Woman Caught in the Rain while Enjoying Cherry Blossoms (Sakura-gari)
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm); W. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Not on view
Caught in a sudden downpour, a young woman covers her head with the long sleeve of her kimono and her male companion hastens to open an umbrella. The cloth spread on the ground near a cherry tree in full bloom indicates that they were hoping to enjoy an afternoon of merriment beneath the blossoms.
The anonymous poem adds a dimension of sexual innuendo, because the word for “to be drenched” (nuru) also connotes sexual intercourse. It reads:
Sakura-gari ame wa furikinu onajiku wa nuru to mo hana no kage ni kakuren.
While searching for cherry blossoms, it starts to rain, yet even if we get drenched, we will still be in the shade of these flowering trees. —Trans. John T. Carpenter
Signature: Harunobu ga
Marking: Seal: Wakai Oyaji
Henry L. Phillips , Hyannisport, MA (until d. 1939; bequeathed to MMA).
Nagoya City Museum. "Ukiyo-e from the Metropolitan Museum of Art," April 14, 1995–May 28, 1995.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "A Sensitivity to the Seasons: Autumn and Winter," June 22, 2006–September 10, 2006.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection," October 20, 2015–January 22, 2017.