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Located on the eastern side of Tokyo, Asakusa Temple was built in honor of Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, after a Kannon statue was recovered in 628 AD by fishermen in Tokyo’s Sumida River. In the following centuries, Kannon worship spread from shogun military rulers to commoners throughout Japan. In this print, Hasui illustrates a corner of the temple, a huge stone lantern, and women in kimonos gathering inside on a rainy morning. The intricate details, from vibrant umbrellas to blooming flowers and yellow trees, reveal the artist’s expertise in choosing color and depicting seasonal variations in atmospheric effects.
Showa period (1926-1989)
Artist's seal; Publisher's seal 東京尚美堂 (Tokyo Shobido)
René and Carolyn Balcer Collection
1979渡辺／川瀬巴水…601／*** 昭和五年九月 無外題 東京尚美堂 1 淺草の朝の雨
©artist or artist’s estate