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Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River, No. 61 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Catalogue Description:
This scene shows the Ouayabashi Ferry, its name taken from the landing (not shown here- see print 105 of the series) on the Sumida River. The distant horizon is bright yellow, indicating the warmth of an early summer starlit evening. The pine tree shown here, one of the more famous, is the Pine of Success, at the end of the middle pier of the Asakusa rice granary. At the lower left is a roofed pleasure boat. Looking closely, it is possible to make out the silhouette of a woman's head and shoulders behind the lowered blind; the under printing of the silhouette is in a lighter green than that of the blind itself. A moral ordinance had prohibited lowering the green blinds of the pleasure boat except for poor weather, but this did not appear to be strictly enforced by the time this print appeared in 1856.


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