Name: Giant Nutmeg-yew of Mangan Temple (満願寺のカヤ)
Type: Japanese Nutmeg-yew (Torreya nucifera)
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
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.
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.
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