The Sixth Month: A Sudden Shower on the Way Home from the Fuji Festival (Minazuki Fuji-gaeri yûdachi)


Edo period
about 1815 (Bunka 12)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ezakiya Kichibei (Tenjudô) (Japanese)

Catalogue Raisonné

Hinohara, Utagawa Kunisada (Ôta Mus., 2016), pp. 40-41; Chiba Mus., Ukiyo-e bi no kiwami (Baur coll. exh. cat., 2001), #138; Ôta Memorial Museum of Art, Utagawa-ha (Kobijutsu special issue, 1986), #77; Genshoku ukiyo-e dai hyakka jiten 5 (1980), #416


Vertical ôban triptych; 35.5 x 72.7 cm (14 x 28 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View


Asia, Prints and Drawings



Triptych: 11.23070 (left), 1.23071 (center), 1.23072 (right)

The straw snake held by the woman in the center panel is a souvenir of the Fuji Festival celebrating the annual opening of Mount Fuji to pilgrims on the first day of the sixth month. Residents of Edo visited mounds representing Fuji in locations such as Asakusa or Komagome.


Gototei Kunisada ga (on left and center sheets; cut off of right sheet)


Censor's seal: kiwame


By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 – d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)

[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection