Kotozuka, Eiichi – Avenue of Cedar Trees in Summer (S0521)

Kotozuka, Eiichi – Avenue of Cedar Trees in Summer (S0521)


People are seen walking on the path among the tall cryptomeria trees. The avenue is dark in the rain and the figures hold lanterns to light their way. The Cedar Avenue of Nikkō is lined with approximately 13,000 cryptomeria trees. The Cryptomeria is a Japanese Cedar known as Sugi, and is the national tree of Japan. Consisting of three parts, the Cedar Avenue converges on the city of Imaichi and is 22.00 mi long. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest tree-lined avenue in the world. The Cedar Avenue of Nikkō is the only cultural property designated by the Japanese Government as both a Special Historic Site and a Special Natural Monument. The cedar trees were planted by Matsudaira Masatsuna, a feudal lord serving Tokugawa Ieyasu, who donated them to the Nikkō Tōshō-gū. This monumental project was begun around 1625 and completed about 1645.

Format is Oban tate-e. Printed on Uchida watermarked paper. Rubbing or soiling on left margin extending into image. Small kento cut in lower right corner used to align blocks and is not a flaw.

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