The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #64 The Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple

#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
This place is located fairly close to the Kita-Kanto Expressway.

Number: 64
Name: Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple (満願寺のカヤ)
Type: Japanese Nutmeg-yew (Torreya nucifera)
Height: 22m
Trunk Circumference: 5.0m
Age: 500 years
Location: 栃木県河内郡上三川町東汗 (36° 28′ 15.729″N 139° 56′ 44.376″E)
Date of Visit: 2011-7-18

#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
The formal entrance to the grounds of Mangan Temple.

On the right bank of the Kinu River, not far from the boundary with Utsunomiya, lies Mangan Temple. The current temple to Yakushi (薬師, or भैषज्यगुरु, Bhaisajyaguru, the Healing Buddha) was built in Kyouhou 1 (享保元年, 1716). It is said that if you pray at the statues of Yakushi and Shodo Shonin (勝道上人) so fervently that you sweat, it’s a good omen.

#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
There were so many dragonflies flitting hither and yon around the tree.

The nutmeg-yew stands alone, separated from other trees. From the strength of its branches to the vigor of its leaves, one cannot find fault with this tree. It seems as though it will just keep getting bigger for a long time.

#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
Now, I'm not sure, but I think those berries/nuts may be how the nutmeg-yew gets its name. They resemble nutmeg (though, nutmeg comes from a completely different genus of tree).
#64 Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple
I came to Mangan Temple to see this tree, but I ended up getting a 3-for-1 deal.

I try to show you my Japan. Won’t you show us your Japan?

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