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Counted Cross Stitch Chart Armour-Hanging Pine, Hakkeizaka by Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige
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Inspired by a beautiful woodblock print The "Armour-Hanging Pine" was a grand, oddly shaped tree from which, legend has it, the warrior Minamoto Yoshiie hung his armour when he rested there on his way north to subjugate the Abe clan. By Hiroshige's time, the tree would have been about eight hundred years old. The bluff on which it stood-Hakkeizaka, or "Eight Views Slope"-was named for its panorama. Utagawa Hiroshige was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, and one of the last great artists in that tradition. He was also referred to as Ando Hiroshige (an irregular combination of family name and art name) and by the art name of Ichiyusai Hiroshige, Hiroshige was born in 1797 and named "Ando Tokutaro" in the Yayosu barracks, just east of Edo Castle in the Yaesu area of Edo (present-day Tokyo). His father was Ando Genemon, a hereditary retainer (of the doshin rank) of the shogun.

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