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June 01, 2013

Ginkgo Votive Tablet Hachiman Shrine Kamakura

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, is the most important Shinto shrine in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It now has a new amulet: Great-Ginkgo Votive Tablet.

On the shrine's website is written:
"The ema is designed in the motif of the Great Ginkgo, which unfortunately fell down because of the strong wind in 2010. The amulet shows two different aspects of the Great Ginkgo; one is with fresh green leaves in the early summer, and the other is with yellow leaves in the autumn.
This over-1000-year-old tree has been regarded as sacred and worshipped by many people. Now that sprouts are visible emerging from the stump, its regenerating process gives us hope and makes us feel its strong power more than ever. Just like our wish that the Great Ginkgo regenerates is coming true, this O-ichou ema would fulfill your wishes."

Read more about this famous tree on my blog here.

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