Title Ancient Zelkova Tree

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omeshi kokuritsukoen yukyaku sokushin kyogikai
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1世紀頃に、景行(けいこう)第12代天皇の息子・日本武尊が植えたと伝えられています。戦争や天災をも生き延び、樹齢何百年にもなる木は、回復力の象徴や過去との生きたつながりとして崇められています。 ケヤキは、その耐久性や柔軟性、綺麗な木目から、職人の間で高く評価されています。そのため、伝統家具だけでなく、神社仏閣の建設にも使用されます。

Ancient Zelkova Tree

The zelkova tree (Zelkova serrata or Japanese elm) on the approach to Musashi Mitake Shrine is believed to be approximately a thousand years old. The tree is about 30 meters tall, with a circumference over 8 meters, and is likely one of the largest zelkova trees in Japan. A shimenawa rope with shide paper streamers has been placed around the trunk, signifying that the tree is sacred and that Shinto kami dwell within.

According to local stories, the tree was planted in the first century CE by the legendary warrior Yamato Takeru, the son of the twelfth emperor, Keiko. Trees that have survived over hundreds of years through wars and natural disasters are revered as symbols of resilience and as living connections to the past. Zelkova wood is prized among craftsmen for its durability, flexibility, and attractive grain. It is often used in traditional furniture, and for shrine and temple architecture.