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u(ku), u(kabu), u(kaberu), u(kareru)

meaning: float, fleeting, gay

浮世絵 == ukiyoe == (noun) ukiyo-e [color print of everyday life in Edo period]
浮浪 == furou == (noun which can take する to act as a verb) vagrancy, vagabondage, wander around

Left radical is a radical form of 'water'. Right radical is a character only found in Chinese, meaning 'hatch/brood'. It is comprised of 'child' (子) and one of the many versions of the 'hand' radical'. Here it acts phonetically to express 'float'. This character seems to have meant to assist at a birth, in which the infant 'floated' forth on the 'waters' of amniotic fluid. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Hand plucks floating child from water.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

Okay, ukiyo-e, 'pictures of the floating world'.

Hiroshige Ando, No. 46 (Shono) of The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, a ukiyo-e series. The Tokaido was a famous road between Edo (modern Tokyo) and the old imperial capital of Kyoto. Here's an interactive map of the Tokaido, on which you can find the site of each of Hiroshige's pictures.

I like ukiyo-e, and admire this image in particular. The composition is highly energetic. The bent backs of the travelers running from the rain, angled against the slanting lines of the rain itself, the blowing trees in the background, and the slope of the road make the work geometrical, and almost abstract. It reminds me a little of cubism, or the work of Charles Demuth.

Hiroshige created this ukiyo-e series in 1831-34. It was so popular that he made many other versions of it.
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