The Shubi pine tree on the Asakusa river
(Print from the series 'Eight Views of Plants and Trees at Famous Places in the Eastern Capital')
Utagawa Hiroshige I (1797 - 1858)
Colour print from woodblocks
Museum no. E.2911-1913
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The pine is a hardy and long-lived tree that can survive the most adverse of weather conditions and grow in the poorest of soil. It is associated with eternal life, tranquility, faithfulness and integrity.