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1,000-Year Old Tree in Front of Kamakura Shrine Knocked Down By Strong Winds

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KAMAKURA, Kanagawa -- A 1,000-year-old giant ginkgo tree in front ot the main hall of Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine here has been knocked down, apparently by strong winds.


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John Dela Cruz (92)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 6:18 am
Many years ago, in my youth, I traveled to Kanagawa Prefecture, to see the world renown Kamakura Buddha. While there I was also fortunate to wrap my arms with my Japanese friends around "Kakuro Incho." That experience long ago is still strong in my mind. It saddens me so that a natural monument such has this should come to a sad demise. Now the monks of the Tsurugaoka Hachiman shrine will be at a lost because of Kakuro Incho's passing. I send my love and compassion to the people of Kanagawa and wish them well. I did indeed and remember still the vivid and elegant beauty of that tree. The day we visited the Kamakura Buddha, it was sunny and bright and a cool breeze caressed the land. Life was wonderful then. Now seasons later, I am saddened by this loss.

Naoko i (257)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 6:27 am
I can not send youa Green Star to you, dear John. Thanks for your very kind comment. It saddens me, too, to lose such an old tree. In Japan, shrines are the place we can see old trees protected.

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 10:52 am
It is agreat loss to the people there. It is much like losing a very old and dear friend.
Naoko, congratulations to your son on his acceptance to the University. I wish him much good luck in his endeavor of this noble profession.

nadine F (41)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 12:39 pm
This is tragic.
In Tofino, BC they have girdled an 800+ year old cedar to hopefully prevent this from happening.

Barb K (1685)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 1:35 pm
Oh how sad. God Bless its heart!! Thnx Naoko.

Ashley N (1)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 2:04 pm
It is sad for the world but I wish this great spirit the best. It will return anew soon.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 3:09 pm
A well deserved green star. I was saddened by the fat of this majestic tree Kakuro Incho, A protection for ancient trees would see less of these disasters from happening. Trees are important and gives protection and shelter to much of our wildlife and help clean our air too. Noté et Sayanara.

Ooh and congratulations to Maiko Itai on winning that Miss Universe Japan.

Erin R (181)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 7:53 pm
How sad! :-(

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 9:02 am
Oh too bad.

NoEmailsPls W (95)
Saturday March 13, 2010, 2:18 pm
I am so pleased to read they intend to restore the tree. If only all tree falls were dealt with in this way. Thanks Naoko.

Monica D (580)
Saturday March 13, 2010, 6:17 pm
This is sad, but I must say how wonderful also to read about a 1,000 year old gingko tree. I also am happy to read about the intention to restore it - I think that is also an article which you have posted Naoko. Thank you!

Tracy B (673)
Saturday March 20, 2010, 9:21 pm
Can you imagine all the things this 1000 year old tree has seen and withstood in all those years? How tragic that it has fallen, but it is better that it was by natural causes like wind, rather than by a chainsaw or bulldozer, like so many trees experience. Thanks Naoko for posting this. ((TREEHUGS))
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