NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

Results 1 - 3 of 3 articles          

2007/1/24


ブナ平立山のスギ Bunadaira-tateyama-no-sugi The Tateyama Cedar on Beech Plain

Jp En

Near the Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route, on Beech Plain (Bundadaira), there is a giant tree known as the Tateyama Cedar. This tree has been designated by the Forestry Agency as one of Japan's 100 giant trees.

Though it is not so tall at 21m, it has a trunk with a girth of 9.4m. Tateyama cedars are so-called 'stand cedars': low in height but with thick trunks. Whether the Tateyama Cedar on Beech Plain is one tree or two grown into one is uncertain. The presence of this tree, however, is overwhelming, and there is an eerie atmosphere around it, as if a spirit lived within it.

The best way to approach the Tateyama Cedar is from the natural observation pass from Bijo Plain at the entrance of Midagahara Plateau to Bunazaka. You will see other cedars as well as the Tateyama Cedar. So many wonderful cedars together with beeches give a marvellous sense of the natural richness of this forest.
[+ADDRESS] Add this to Favorites



2007/1/23


椋本の大椋 Mukumotono-Oomuku The Giant Aphananthe Tree of Mukumoto

Jp En

The Giant Aphananthe of Mukumoto is located in Geinou-chou, Angei County, Mie Prefecture, and has been designated as a National Natural Monument. As old as 1500 years, the giant aphananthe tree is more than 18 meters high and has a trunk circumference of 8 meters. It is the largest tree in Japan after the Mikazuki-no-muku located in Hyogo Prefecture.

Long ago, there used to be a larger trunk on the northern face of the tree, but it was blown off in strong winds during the Meiji period. Because of this, the trunk is currently only half of what it used to be. The circumference of the trunk at that time is said to have been more than 14 meters.

During the reign of Emperor Saga (809~822), it is said that when Taizen Nozoe and his son, both subjects of the Sei-Taishogun (General) Sakanoue-no-Tamuramaro, were wandering along the Ise Road, they came upon this land, where they found a giant aphananthe tree. They dwelt here temporarily in a tea hut they built right under the tree.

The trunk, which has grown and thickened over many hundreds of years and has its own strong vitality, gives the observer a strong impression and a sense of a mysterious stately presence
[+ADDRESS] Add this to Favorites




今山田の大カツラ Imayamadano-ookatsura The Giant Katsura Tree in Imayamada

Jp En

One of Toyama prefecture's designated natural treasures is a giant katsura tree that stands by a road leading to the village of Tonami. The circumference of the tree's branches is 13.9 meters. There are two major trunks: the western one has rings that measure 2.8m around; the eastern one has rings that measure 2.7m around.

The tree, entangled by Japanese ivy and vine, is presumed to be 700 years old, and has such a commanding presence it seems to be possessed by a divine spirit. The tree gleams gold when the spring leaves come out, and lets the people of Tonami district know roughly when the rice-planting season begins.

Moreover, there is a camellia growing behind the katsura that is over 400 years old. Both the katsura and the camellia have been nurtured as symbols of the village. In addition, they are both designated as Cultural Assets of Yamada Village. The katsura and the camellia, which have both lived settled and calm lives, still stand and look tenderly over the village.
[+ADDRESS] Add this to Favorites



Results 1 - 3 of 3 articles          
NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉 - 日本語に切り替える NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉 - to english

"Nippon-kichi" leads you to places, people and things that reveal a certain Japanese aesthetic.

Articles: 5445
Categories
Prefectures
Keywords shuffle
Favorites
Keywords Search
View history



Linkclub NewsLetter