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July 29, 2011

Giant Ginkgo Zenpuku Temple, Tokyo

This old Ginkgo tree has a girth of c. 9 m. Temple legend has it that Shinran, the apostle of Pure Land Buddhism, visited Zenpuku-ji in c. 1250. He planted his walking stick in the courtyard and a wonder happened, for it grew into a large Ginkgo tree.
These photos and more info on JAPANTWO Blog.

This tree has many chichi. More info on my website.
A cutting of this tree grows in Hiroshima at Anraku-ju Temple. It survived the atom bomb on Hiroshima in World War II. Read more on my website.

Photo by Igor.

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