Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
Medium: Woodblock print
Dates:2nd month of 1856
Dimensions: Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm)
Accession Number: 30.1478.110
Catalogue Description: This is one of the earliest prints in the series. Senzoku Pond was located in a hilly area in what is now the northern part of Ota Ward. Senzoku Hachiman Shrine, which still survives, is in the grove of trees on the far side of the pond. According to legend, Nichiren, the Buddhist priest, once stopped by Senzoku Pond to rest and hung his kesa (a sashlike garment) on a nearby pine. The Robe-Hanging Pine of the title (at the center) survives today, but there is some dispute as to whether it is the third- or fourth-generation offspring of the tree of Nichiren's day. When Miyao Shigeo visited the pond in the early 1960's, he was told that Senzoku should be written with the characters for "one thousand feet," referring to the legend of the giant insect that Nichiren converted into the protector of the pond.