Komura Settai’s Umbrellas
(Komura Settai’s “Osen,” printed in 1941 after his death.)
Last winter, the Saitama Museum of Art held a spectacular exhibit on Komura Settai (1887 – 1940), an early 20th century print designer. His images graced Shiseido perfume bottles, the covers of the author Izumi Kyoka’s novels, and the sets of kabuki stages. Since the sky today is growing grayer and grayer, I thought this image appropriate to remember the playful aspect of rain.