The waterfall is one of the subjects which has been painted by many artists throughout the history of Japanese art. Some depicted the subject from afar, while others showed it as if standing below and looking up at it. In Nakai, Ranko’s painting, however, it is challenging to find the artist's vantage point. Perhaps he did not paint a specific waterfall located among certain mountains. Instead, he painted the memory of “waterfall,” or a waterfall that he “saw" in a poem with his mind’s eye. Perhaps Ranko’s sense of visual poetics stemmed from the reality that he was an excellent poet in his own right.