"Ginza no Yanagi (Weeping willows of Goinza)" in Kyoto

出町柳 (Demachi-Yanagi), 柳馬場通 (Yanaginobanba-dori Street), 柳小路通 (Yanagikoji-dori Street), 柳池学区 (Ryu-chi school district) ......

There are many place names with "柳 (Yanagi : willow)" in Kyoto.

There are also famous willow spots such as Rokkaku-do Choho-ji Temple, Saba-kaido-guchi Road, Kamogawa River, Takasegawa River, Shirakawa River, Shimabara Daimon Gate-mae, etc.

SHIDARE willow is also known as one of the "区民の誇りの木 (Kumin no Hokori no ki : proud trees of the ward people)" in Kamigyo and Nakagyo wards.

Among them, there is a weeping willow called "Ginza no Yanagi (Willows of Goinza)" along Takase River in Kiyamachi.

This willow tree is said to have "came back" to Kyoto from Ginza in Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

Yanagi (willow) namiki Avenue which was a symbol of Ginza Chuo-dori was removed by road improvement in Taisho period.

However, with the big hit of "東京行進曲 (Tokyo March song)" in the early Showa period, there was a love call for the revival of Yanagi (willow) namiki Avenue.

The phrase "Mukashi Koishii Ginza no Yanagi (I miss old Yanagi willows of Ginza)" in the lyrics aroused the nostalgia of local people.

Local volunteers who wanted to revive the tree grafted it and succeeded in propagating the second generation from the remaining Yanagi (willow) trees.

Thanks to this, the rows of Yanagi (willow) trees were revived on Ginza Chuo-dori in Tokyo.


Do you know why the Yanagi (willow) is called "came back" from Ginza to Kyoto?

Actually, the parents of "Ginza no Yanagi (The willow of Ginza)" are also called "Rokkaku Yanagi" of Rokkakudo Choho-ji.

In return, Tokyo donated "Ginza no Yanagi II (The willow II of Ginza)" to Kyoto.

In 1996, it was planted along the Takasegawa River, which is suitable for willow trees, but it died.

The current Yanagi (willow) tree in Takasegawa River is "Ginza no Yanagi IV (The willow IV of Ginza)".

It is moved from the rooftop of Matsuzakaya Ginza store and planted in June 2013.

It stands at the foot of Aneya-koji bashi Bridge where Kiyamachi-dori Street and Aneya-koji dori Street cross along Takasegawa River.


Well, "六角柳 (The Rokkaku willow)" of Rokkaku-do Choho-ji Temple has been known as "Enmusubi no Yanagi (the willow of matchmaking)" from a historical event in the Heian period.

Currently, it is said that tying a fortune on two willow branches will bring good luck (matchmaking).

I wonder anyone knew that "Enmusubi no Yanagi (The willow of matchmaking)" carried the connection with "Ginza no Yanagi (Willows of Goinza)"?

In this season, green leaves are swaying in the wind, and it is especially elegant and beautiful!

Ginza no Yanagi (The willow of Ginza)
Ebisu-cho, Aneya-koji, Kiyamachi-dori Street, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City (at the corner of Aneya-koji bashi Bridge)
3 minutes walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station on the subway

Rokkaku-do Choho-ji Temple
Do-no-mae-cho, Rokkaku-dori Higashinotoin-nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ward, Kyoto
3 minutes walk from Exit 5 of Karasuma Oike Subway Station

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