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Ginkgo trees at Chomyo-ji Temple are at their best

It is the season when you can hear the shouts of "fire no yojiki" and the sound of Hyoshigi (wooden clappers) at nightfall.

We introduced fire prevention customs and traditional foods at "KYOTO CHISHIN" in November.

Ginkgo trees, which are at their best around this time, are said to have a fire prevention effect.

Ginkgo trees have long been considered to protect them from fires because their leaves and trunks contain a lot of water.

It has become a symbol of shrines and temples as well as a street tree.

There are big trees called "Mizufuki (spew water) Ginkgo" in Nishi Hongan-ji Temple and "Hibuse (prevent fire) Ginkgo" in Honno-ji Temple.

In both cases, they were protected from the fire that ginkgo trees burst into the water during the Great Tenmei Fire (1788).

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The precincts of Chomyo-ji Temple, where the Nio-mon Gate, the origin of Niomon-dori, is now golden.

The origins of Chomyo-ji Temple date back to 1473, during the Muromachi Period, when it was founded by Nichiren Shonin.

The statue of Nichiren Shonin, the founder of the sect, in front of the main hall also stands out with a large ginkgo tree in the background.

It is a temple that you will want to visit again when the golden carpet is laid with fallen leaves.

Although it is located near Keihan Sanjo Station, the precincts of Chomyo-ji Temple are quiet because it is not a tourist temple.

Why don't you take your time and love the ginkgo tree which can be seen from anywhere in the precincts?

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It is a ginkgo tree that can be seen here and there, but actually only one species in one family, one genus and one family exists.

It has existed for 250 million years and is said to be the oldest plant in the world that flourished over the Jurassic period.

Those dinosaurs made ginkgo flourish in the Jurassic period.

There is a theory that dinosaurs ate ginkgo nuts with their skin and the seeds were scattered in the soil with their dung.

Later, it became nearly extinct along with the dinosaurs during the ice age, and one species is slightly alive in some parts of China.

One of them was introduced to Japan and the world, and was raised by people.

It is a plant that flourished during the Jurassic period, and only ginkgo remains today.

Also called "living fossils," the strength of ginkgo's vitality is transmitted along with the legend of the water blowing.

When I think that the smell of ginkgo nuts has continued since the dinosaur era, I feel a magnificent romance.

Why don't you think about the ancient times when you go through the row of ginkgo trees?

Horikawa-dori and a row of ginkgo trees in the northern campus of Kyoto University are also at their best.


Chomyo-ji Temple
96 Ogiku-cho, Kawabata-higashi-iru, Niomon-dori Street, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
5 minutes walk from Keihan Sanjo Station


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