Listen to: The Future of Business, circa 2001

This is what the textbook seems to think business would be like “in 10-15 years”, aka in 2011-2016.  Ridiculous. Listen for how the “How is it going to change :(” girl sounds so personally hurt by the prospect of cashless societies, and how awkward the woman talking about the “internet web event” sounds.

Good Things on Sunday

Good things I’ve noticed this week:

  • Gatsby Ice-type body deodorant sheets. They are fantastic and I love them to bits.
  • cold showers
  • pigeons flying alongside the car
  • crows taking baths in the waterfilled wheelbarrow across the way
  • moving towards completion of a long-term project that I never thought I’d actually finish
  • salty vanilla chocolates
  • misty mornings with thousand-year-old trees

What good things have you experienced this week?

The Giant Trees of Tochigi #76: The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
Over the bridge of no particular function and through the torii, to Murahi Shrine we go~

Number: 76
Name: The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine (村檜神社のスギ)
Type: Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
Height: 45m
Trunk Circumference: 6.0m
Age: 1000 years
Location: 栃木県下都賀郡岩舟町小野寺 (36° 22′ 08″N 139° 37′ 28″E)
Date of Visit: 2012-5-5

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
This is the tree outside the office.

Along Prefectural Road 75 which runs alongside the Tohoku Expressway, near the meeting with Prefectural Road 282, there lies Murahi Shrine. It lies just to the north of Daiji Temple, which was visited in 1964 by Dr. Edwin O. Reischauer, then US Ambassador to Japan (probably on the same trip that took him to Mibu Temple).

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
This is the large tree by the stone steps.

It is said that the shrine was founded in Taika 2 (大化2年, 646 CE). The chief god here enshrined is Hondawake-no-Mikoto (誉田別命). Also revered here are Ooyamakui-no-Kami (大山咋神) and Kumano-ookami (熊野大神).

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
Whatever shall I find up here?
#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
This, the third tree!

In 40 year old Environment Agency data, three trees lists as having trunk circumferences of 6.0, 5.4 and 5.2 meters are said to be here, but it’s so old, and there’s a chance that no one from the agency ever actually came to measure for themselves, so it’s hard to tell for certain which is which, but I’d reckon the one by the stone stairs is the biggest, the one in front of the office is second and the one in front of the main shrine is third. In fact, in this area there are many individual trees that could fit into “giant tree” group, and the entire forest around this shrine is protected as a designated natural monument of Iwafune.

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
The shrine is also a cultural monument, preserved in association with Hitachi. Wait what?

Of the three trees, the large one by the stone steps is the most impressive. Of the three, this is the strongest one, no doubt, though it cannot be denied that all three are winding down. The one in front of the office has weak foliage, and the top seems… I wouldn’t say withered, but less-than-full, if you catch my meaning. It doesn’t really show up in the photos, because I am not good at photographing things. I’d guess that the inside of the tree is slowly hollowing out. I’m worried that it will fall over in a strong storm one of these years.

#76 The Giant Cryptomeria of Murahi Shrine
Back to the car~