is a sudden and brief torrential downpour, occurring usually towards the end of a sultry summer day. Rain is a frequent subject throughout ukiyo-e,
treated ingeniously by Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shuman, Choki and Shuncho, to name but a few artists. Hiroshige gained a reputation as a master of the depiction of rain, snow and the moon. Two other famous images of rain are his Shono,
from the series 'The Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido Road' (see lots 761 and 765
in this sale) and Karasakino yau
(Night Rain at Karasaki), from the series `The Eight Views of Lake Biwa (Omi)', both circa 1834.
Universally considered the masterpiece of the series, this print has been repeatedly reproduced in all the standard reference works. For a comparison of the different versions, see Forrer, nos.94 and 95. Van Gogh copied this in oils.