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Moon Pine, Ueno, No. 89 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Catalogue Description:
This is the second view of the Moon Pine in the series, now seen from a different angle (see print 11). On the far shore is a row of commoners' houses, now the neighborhood Ikenohata 1-2 chome. Above, there are three fire towers; the one seen through the loop of the pine was the main estate of Maeda, lord of Kaga. Today, this land belongs to Tokyo University. In Edo it was a custom to name trees that were distinguished by their age or form and there are four other prints in this series which include the name of a famous pine in title (see prints 26, 61, 97, and 110). The name "Moon Pine" referred not only to its full round shape but also to various other phases of the moon, seen by looking at the tree from different angles. The famous branch seen here is reported to have blown off in a storm in the early Meiji Period.


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