Thursday, June 28, 2012

Ishiwarizakura - National Treasure In Morioka

Ishiwarizakura 石割桜 - literally ishi 石 "stone," wari 割 "crack, splitting" and sakura 桜 "cherry tree" - is a cherry tree growing out of a granite rock in front of the district courthouse in Morioka, Iwate-ken. This cherry is about 400 years old.

This tree is a national treasure of Japan.

A nice message on it nearby, and a gorgeous look of the tree blooming every early May:

It is a ten-minute walk from the Morioka train station, and definitely a special landmark of Japan.

I believe the Rock-Breaking Cherry Tree looks magnificent at any time of the year.

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