The wind drives torrents of rain in bold, grey sheets as travelers brace themselves against storm in Yamabushi Valley. On the riverbank one figure holds onto his hat, but it’s too late for the other. He watches, arm outstretched as the wind carries it away. On the rippling surface of the Yoshii River, a third figure hunches over against the wind. As Hiroshige’s sweeping lines evoke the movement and intensity of the storm, the sparkle of mica in the dark sky and shadows adds to the stormy atmosphere. Today, the former Mimasaka Province belongs to northeastern Okayama Prefecture.