There is a large ginkgo tree towering over the precincts of Kishimojin in Zoshigaya. It is an imposing ginkgo tree with a height of about 33 meters and a trunk circumference of about 11 meters. The tree is said to be 600 or 700 years old, which makes it even older than the Kishimojin Hall built-in 1664. The tree has watched the world go by from the Kamakura period to the civil war era, the Edo period, and the modern period. On the day I arrived, there were yellow-colored ginkgo leaves scattered around the shrine.
Kishimojin is the goddess of safe delivery and childbirth, and it is believed that if you hug this ginkgo tree, you will be blessed with a child. It is also called "Gingko for Childbirth." However, that must have been a long time ago. Perhaps because it has become a cultural asset designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the ginkgo tree is now surrounded by a fence that prevents people from approaching it casually. Even though the fence is easy to climb over, if you were to climb over the fence and hug the tree without permission, you would probably be angered by the officials. What a waste. I think it would be interesting to see pregnant women hugging the ginkgo trees one after another.
|Jan 2022 NATURE TOKYO|
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