Name: The Sacred Cryptomeria of Kumano (熊野の社杉)
Type: Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)
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
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.
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.
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?