The Shubi Pine on the Asaka River, Utagawa Hiroshige

The Shubi Pine on the Asaka River, Utagawa Hiroshige

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)
Japan
About 1843-47;
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.