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March 14, 2014

Pruning 1200-year-old Ginkgo, Nigatake, Japan

Pruning of a 1200-year-old Ginkgo tree with many chichi in Nigatake, Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture, Northern Honshu, Japan.
This tree is c.32 m high and has a girth of 7-8 m.
Legend has it that the dying wish of Byakkouni, a wet nurse of Emperor Shoumu (reign 724-749) was that a Ginkgo be planted on her grave mound. A god is said to be enshrined at the foot of the tree. Women who cannot produce their own milk often worship there.
Video by mjirou0415 on YouTube, February 2014. This video is part of a series of 6 videos.

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