Tokyobling's Blog

The Yanaka Cedar Tree

Posted in Nature, Places by tokyobling on December 20, 2012

Here’s another post with terrible photos – please forgive me for posting these, but I couldn’t resist the subject, a massive himalayan cedar growing right out of the foundations of a little convenience store in central Tokyo! As all connoisseurs or “shitamachi”, or the classical “downtown” areas of Tokyo knows, Yanaka is one of the best. Situated on a high field overlooking Ueno to south and famous mainly for the many tiny temples and one massive cemetery, Yanaka is popular with locals preserving the low, single or double storied architecture of the area. It’s surprisingly easy to miss and I often wonder how it has managed to escape the lure of the property development people as the location must be really attractive. I always get lost on the labyrinth like little streets of the area and yesterday I wandered into one of Yanaka’s famous spots, the Himalayan Cedar (ヒマラヤ杉) and the Mikado bread store (みかどパン店)! It’s hard to get a sense of just how massive this tree is, and how sudden and unexpected it is as you come upon it from either one of the three streets meeting at the base of the tree. I used a very wide angle lens to capture it in these photos, but the pictures doesn’t come close to showing how awe inspiring this tree is. I really hope this tree will be around for the joy of future generations hundreds of years to come. The old lady who runs the little convenience store seemed as ancient as the tree itself, and I hope she will last many year to come as well, although I didn’t see the cat which is almost as famous as the store itself.








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  1. Carrie said, on December 20, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    If that tree were where I live, the power company would have completely butchered it. There are always legal battles between the power company and home-owners trying to protect the trees. Starting my morning with this one has been lovely.


    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Indeed, that is the case in most cities in Japan as well… I have no idea how this managed to stay away for so long…! Trees are so important. I wish we would put more effort in protecting them than we do in protecting the boring concrete buildings in our cities!


  2. dafarmer said, on December 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful! We don’t have trees like that here in Tucson it was simple stunning seeing a tree like that! I think the photos are just fine what are you talking about??


    • tokyobling said, on December 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

      Hahaha… thank you for the kind comment! I think it is really hard to get good shots on bright winter day… (^-^;)


  3. Timi said, on December 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Aa, makes me feel happy every time I see a guy like this one 🙂


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