During the late Momoyama period (16th–early 17th centuries), the Rinpa school of Japanese painting flourished in Kyoto. Founded by Hon'ami Kōetsu (1558–1637) and Tawaraya Sōtatsu (died ca. 1640), its highly decorative style often depicted scenes from the natural world and Japanese literature.
The style prospered throughout the Edo period (1603–1868) and influenced artists working in a wide array of media, including fans, hanging scrolls, ceramics, and kimono textiles. Natural subjects, including plants and birds, are often depicted in these works.