Pine Suube no matzo on the Asakusagawa River, the Ommayagashi Embankment by Utagawa Hiroshige

Pine Suube no matzo on the Asakusagawa River, the Ommayagashi Embankment by Utagawa Hiroshige

In this area, the Sumidagawa River was called Asakusagawa. Behind the gates of Asakusa Gomon were the government rice warehouses of Asakusa Gozo. Warehouses were located on eight berths, as rice was delivered on ships. Between the fourth and fifth berths the pine of Suby grew. “Suby” means “from the beginning to the horse”. The first pine was broken by a strong wind and a new one was planted in its place. The silhouette of a pine tree with spreading branches stood out against the background of warehouse buildings, it was especially well seen from the river.

Nearby was the quarter of

Yesivara and visitors of the quarter had a custom to tell about the spent night under the pine “Suby no matsu”. In the foreground on the left is the covered boat of Janebune, on the deck of which the theta sandals are, their owners are inside, behind the cane blinds. For janebune, another boat – tequibune, her passenger, apparently, is heading to “Esivara”. The stars are bright in the dark sky. Hiroshige uses in this engraving the favorite method of contrasting the comparison of plans.

The sky in the late engraving is not just dark, almost black, as in the first version, but dark blue with a dark strip at the top edge. It is brightened at the horizon by a bright yellow stripe, turning into almost white.

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