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At Akasaka there was a large reservoir that formed part of the outer moat of Edo Castle. In the early 1700s paulownia trees were planted to reinforce the bank of the pond. In this print the paulownia trees in the foreground dominate the composition, dwarfing the temple buildings and samurai homes on the far bank of the lake.

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    Seen past a kiri tree (Paulownia) is the former Outer Moat of Edo Castle, now the main road between Asaka-Mitsuke and Toranomon. The Paulownia fields kiribatake of the title may have been decorative rather than commercial even then.

    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)

Further reading

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. 8 on p. 10, illus. p. 19 pl. 8

Pollard, Clare, Mitsuko Ito Watanabe, Landscape, Cityscape: Hiroshige Woodblock Prints in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2014), no. 27, illus. p. 101

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