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Sacred Tree "Ookusu"(A Big Camphor Laurel) of Kinomiya Shrine (Over 2000 Years Old)
Japan

There are two "Ookusu"trees(A Big Camphor Laurel) in Kinomiya Shrine. The main "Ookusu"tree is over 2000 years old with a circumference of 23.9m and a height of approximately 26m, the 2nd "Ookusu"tree is 1300 years old with a circumference of 9.45m and a height of approximately 11m.

Sentence below is reproduction from Kinomiya Shrine's brochure.

Kinomiya Shrine and "Ookusu"(A Big Camphor Laurel)

The ancient people of Japan believed that gods dwelled in large natural formations, such as large trees, rocks, and waterfalls, and performed rituals in front of these natural formations, gibing their thanks and prayers. This was called the HimorogiIwasaka faith. As time progressed, and the culture of buildings advanced, it is believed that the modern shrine came into existence, with shrine pavilions and Torii gates being constructed. Kinomiya Shrine , located in Atami, was known as "Kinomiya Myojin" until the end of the Edo period, and was written as "木 Ki(tree)" in ancient texts as opposed to the current "来 Ki(come)". The shrine was revered as a place to worship the gods that dwelled in the trees, and nurtured a faith for giving thanks to the trees, which were a crucial part of ancient lifestyle and culture.

In the past, lightning struck the trees, and in particular, the "2nd Ookusu"tree(2nd Big Camphor Laurel) is believed to be mostly hollow. However, throughout the year, the camphor trees become lush with leaves, and given the fact that even today the tree is still growing, the tree is believed to have tremendous vitality. Based on the people's wishes to have the tree's vitality rub off on them, the tree has been worshipped as a Sacred Tree that grants health and longevity, and grants wishes.

Copyright: Bibouroku Tabito
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12508x6254
Taken: 04/01/2016
Uploaded: 10/01/2016
Updated: 26/01/2016
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Tags: japan; shizuoka; atami city; shrine; tree
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