Amusements under the Blossoms
By Kanō Naganobu
Edo period, 17th century
These folding screens depict a scene of cherry blossom viewing from around 400 years ago. The painting presents a snapshot of people enjoying the cherry blossoms. It splendidly captures the Japanese love of the seasons and joyful appreciation of spring.
Unfortunately, the two center panels of the right-hand screen were destroyed during the Great Kantō Earthquake in 1923.