Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861)
'Night Rain and Thunder'
From the series 'Beauties and Episodes of Ôtsu-e'
Uchiwa-e (fan print)
Signature: Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censorship seals: Muramtsu and Fuku
Museum no. E.12117-1886
The oblong picture shown in the top left of this fan print is an Ôtsu-e. This is a simple comical picture which was sold as a good-luck charm in Ôtsu, near Kyoto. The Ôtsu-e shows the thunder god on a cloud trying to pick up a drum he has dropped with an anchor.
The woman in the foreground of this fan print alludes to the Ôtsu-e. The thunder god's movements are echoed in those of the woman, who teases a cat with a piece of string.
This print can be found in Japanese Print Room Box JP1.