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    The cultivation of hanashobu (Iris laevigata) probably began in this area of marsh in the seventeenth century. This print was made in 1857, already five years after the introduction into Europe of this iris by Franz Phillip von Siebold, doctor to the Dutch trading-station at Deshima. Part of this area is now a public park where the hanashobu flowers in June.

    In: Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993)

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Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993), no. 13 on p. 10, illus. p. 24 pl. 13

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