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February 24, 2014

Giant old Ginkgo tree in Japan

This Ginkgo tree is c. 1300 years old and has many chichi (aerial roots). It is a natural monument, c.40 m height, trunk circumference 22 m.
The air roots (chichi = nipples or breasts) are seen as a sign of motherhood and a pregnant woman or a mother can pray here to let her have milk to nurse her baby.
Location: Fukaura, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

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