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鈴木春信画 桜狩
Young Man and Woman Caught in the Rain while Enjoying Cherry Blossoms (Sakura-gari)

Artist:
Suzuki Harunobu (Japanese, 1725–1770)
Period:
Edo period (1615–1868)
Date:
ca. 1768–70
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions:
H. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm); W. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Henry L. Phillips Collection, Bequest of Henry L. Phillips, 1939
Accession Number:
JP2771
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.

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