Night Rain at Karasaki


Night Rain at Karasaki
Print   (Part of the set: Eight Views of Omi)

Ando Hiroshige


Print is Public Domain; Photography is:   Creative Commons License


Text from the publisher's pamphlet:

Through a dense vertical downpour of rain, the great sprawling shape of the famous Karasaki pine is clearly shown. The pine is situated on a low promontory in the lake, buttressed by stone masonry, with two open boats fastened near the landing in the right foreground. There are black stilts holding up various overhanging portions of the tree. At the right are low buildings and stone lanterns, and at the extreme right, a glimpse of a torii, the masts of three anchored ships, and some silhouetted shapes of mountain peaks in the distance.

The Karasaki pine is said to have been the largest pine tree in the world, not in height but in spread of its branches. The branches numbered 380, and the spread measured 160 feet from east to west and 150 feet from north to south.

A free translation of the poem in the square cartouche is as follows: The Karasaki pine is famed for the singing of the evening breeze through its branches, but tonight the voice of the wind cannot be heard through the sound of the rain.

This design is generally counted among Hiroshige's masterpieces, and some critics would go further and place it among the masterpieces of Oriental art.

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