Pine trees at Karasaki,Lake Biwa(1)
1237 (Karasaki Pine Tree) Biwa Lake
[ID] 73  ( ID:73 )
[Photographer] Kusakabe,Kinbei
[Album] Kusakabe,Kinbei (Album)
[Place] Shiga
[Date] unknown
[Color] color
[Size] 263x203
[Cabinet] 2-24-0
[Keyword] view/lake/flowers and trees/picture of people
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The Karasaki pine tree in Sakamoto, Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture. Karasaki is a place lauded in poetry from the Manyo days. After the Muromachi era, it was chosen one of as one of the eight scenic spots in Omi by the Kanpaku (chief advisor to the emperor) Masaie Konoe, imitating the eight scenic spots of Lake Dotei in China. The pine with its branches hanging in an umbrella-like style has been prized from ancient times, and many torii (archways) stand around it. The present pine tree is several generations from the original tree which was destroyed in 1581.Men in clerical vestments and children stand on the stone wall. Boats are anchored in the fore, since the stone steps lead down to a pier on the lake.