Wednesday, June 24, 2015

(836) Timeless

In the Kiyomizu Kanondo (清水観音堂) in Ueno there is a pine tree with its trunk shaped as a perfect circle -its name is "tsuki no matsu" (月の松) or "moon tree". It has been a trademark of Ueno since the time of famous ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重) i.e. early-mid 19th century; as a matter of fact it is part of one of his most famous works, from the "100 Famous Views of Edo" (Meisho Edo Hyakkei/名所江戸百景) series. 

(For a bigger version of this picture both in color and black and white, check my "Japan Arekore" set on Flickr)

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