Art on Tuesday: Rainy Season


From the beginning of June to the middle of July it is rainy season  in Japan, it is called tsuyu 梅雨, literally meaning plum rain. Although it is not always comfortable to be outside, there are some nice paintings showing the rain from an artist’s perspective. Enjoy the rain!

From left to right:

Torii Kotondo 鳥居言人 (1900-1976): Rain, 1929.

Kawase Hasui 川瀬 巴水 (1883-1957): Rain in a Town, 1930.

Ohara Koson 小原 古邨 (1877-1945): Two Girls with Umbrella Caught in a Sudden Shower, 1930.

6 thoughts on “Art on Tuesday: Rainy Season

  1. Great! I’ve seen the “Two girls” one before. Very nice. A question: Why is it “plum rain”? Is it the size or feel of the summer raindrop? … different from a cold drizzly winter rain? Is the summer rainfall of a different smell/taste than the other seasons?

    • Hi Denny, it is called plum rain, because it is the season, where the plums are ripening. Oh, the summer rain is sometimes very heavy, yet warm. Everything feels wet, even when you are inside. But if you like it, you can have a delightful walk outside. I sometimes like that very much.

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