The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #63 The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #63 The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano
Late afternoon, with rain moving in from the east, I did not have too much time here.

Number: 63
Name: The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano (熊野の社杉)
Type: Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)
Height: 27m
Trunk Circumference: 6.0m
Age: 350 years
Location: 栃木県那須烏山市向田 (36° 37′ 37″N 140° 08′ 46″E)
Date of Visit: 2011-8-13

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #63 The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano
Can you imagine living as long as this tree, having the view it must have from the top?

In the days before amalgamation, Karasuyama Town had a sort of Karasuyama-themed iroha karuta game. In that game, mu was represented by this, the Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano That Overlooks the Mukada Countryside.

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #63 The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano

If you take a stroll around the fence that encloses the tree, soon the shimenawa becomes visible. This is, indeed, a sacred tree. In front, a small shrine has been built, one assumes specifically for the kodama of this tree.

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #63 The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano
Now, home. There'll be more trees another day.

I think this place has been cared for for a very long time.

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