New moon Pine in Ueno


In Edo, there was a particular taste for naming trees that were distinguished by their age or their form. Through the recreated Moon Pine, is still possible to see the Shinobazu Pond and to recognize the Benten-do Temple with a blue roof in the distance.


The remarkable tree in the painting received its name due to one full-moon-shaped contorted branch, a common natural phenomenon found in many very old Japanese pines. It was believed that when a person examined the looped branch from different angles, the various moon phases could be observed as well.

error: All images © Giuseppe De Francesco