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1790 Pine Trees of Karasaki at Lake Biwa (3)
    KARASAKI OLD PINE TREE AT BIWA LAKE
No: 1790
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Area: Shiga
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Color: color
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  Karasaki is a finger of land protruding into Lake Biwa and commanding a beautiful view. Located here are Karasaki Shrine and the big pine in the photo worshipped as a sacred tree. The tree was called ippon matsu (lone pine) or hitotsu matsu (single pine) and many people wrote about it in poems and songs. Karasaki is also included in the Karasakino Yau, the top eight most scenic spots around Lake Biwa. The tree shown here is the second-generation pine, and its canopy spreads 72 m east to west and 86 m south to north. The tree itself is 10 m high. The branches projected over the lake. As visible in the photo, many trees and rocks supported the tree. Utagawa Hiroshige published a ukiyoe (color print) depicting this old pine in the rain. The tree died in 1921, and now the third-generation tree can be seen at the same location.