Jōmon Sugi

Jōmon Sugi (縄文杉) is a large Cryptomeria tree (yakusugi) located on Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Japan. It is the oldest and largest among the old-growth cryptomeria trees on the island, and is estimated to be between 2,170[2] and 7,200 years old.[3][4][5][6] Other estimates of the tree's age include "at least 5,000 years",[7] "more than 6,000 years",[8] and "up to 7,000 years old".[9] The tree's name is a reference to the Jōmon period of Japanese prehistory.[10]

Jomon Sugi Panorama
Jōmon Sugi stands 25.3 m (83 ft) tall and has a volume of approximately 10,000 cu ft (300 m3).

Jōmon Sugi is located on the north face of Miyanoura-dake, the highest peak on Yakushima, at an elevation of 1,934 m (6,300 ft).[11] Discovery of the tree in 1968 "sparked moves to protect the forests" of Yakushima and gave rise to the island's tourist industry, which today comprises more than half of its economy.[7]

Jōmon Sugi is accessible via the Kusugawa Hiking Path (east of Miyanoura) and the Arakawa Trail (starting at the Arakawa Dam),[7] but requires a "four-to-five hour mountain hike" from the nearest road to reach.[12] After the designation of Yakushima as a World Heritage Site in 1993, local officials restricted access to the tree to an observation deck built at a distance of 15 m (49 ft) from the tree.[2]

The tree has a height of 25.3 m (83 ft) and a trunk circumference of 16.4 m (54 ft).[13] It has a volume of approximately 300 m3 (11,000 cu ft), making it the largest conifer in Japan.[1] Tree-ring dating conducted by Japanese scientists on the tree's branches indicated that Jōmon Sugi is at least 2,000 years old.[1] In Remarkable Trees of the World (2002), arborist Thomas Pakenham describes Jōmon Sugi as "a grim titan of a tree, rising from the spongy ground more like rock than timber, his vast muscular arms extended above the tangle of young cedars and camphor trees".[1]

In 2005, vandals stripped from the tree a piece of bark measuring about 10 cm (4 in) on each side.[2]

In April 2009, Jōmon Sugi was partnered with Tāne Mahuta in New Zealand's Waipoua Forest.[14]

Coordinates: 30°21′40″N 130°31′55″E / 30.3610°N 130.5319°E

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Jōmon Sugi, located on the island of Yakushima, is the oldest and largest specimen of Cryptomeria japonica.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Pakenham, Thomas (2003). Remarkable Trees of the World. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 51. ISBN 978-0-393-32529-4.
  2. ^ a b c "Vandals damage Japan's World Heritage tree". UPI NewsTrack. 2005-05-25. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  3. ^ English, Andrew (2006-04-15). "Hydrogen island". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-08-25.
  4. ^ Yamaguchi, H.; Nishio, S. (1995). "Water surrounding Jomon-sugi, a mysterious cedar tree growing in Yakushima Island for 7200 years". Journal of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (in Japanese). 80: 86–89. ISSN 0021-468X.
  5. ^ Elsey, Teresa, ed. (December 2003). Let's Go Japan (1st ed.). Macmillan. p. 634. ISBN 978-0-312-32007-2.
  6. ^ Kanagy, Ruth (2004). Living Abroad in Japan. Avalon Travel Publishing. p. 11. ISBN 978-1-56691-672-1.
  7. ^ a b c Dodd, Jan; Simon Richmond (2001). The Rough Guide to Japan (2nd ed.). Rough Guides. p. 767. ISBN 978-1-85828-699-0.
  8. ^ Arnold, Wayne (2005-06-02). "A wet climb through a green wonderland". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  9. ^ Walder, Rebecca; Brown, Jackum; Brown, David (2006). "Asia". 501 Must-Visit Destinations. Octopus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-75372-214-5.
  10. ^ Hobson, Jake (2007). Niwaki: Pruning, Training and Shaping Trees the Japanese Way. Timber Press. p. 86. ISBN 978-0-88192-835-8.
  11. ^ National Geographic atlas of the world, National Geographic Society, 2011, ISBN 9781426206344, OCLC 841668376
  12. ^ Thompson, Chuck (2002). The 25 Best World War II Sites, Pacific Theater: The Ultimate Traveler's Guide to the Battlefields, Monuments & Museums. Greenline Historic Travel Series. Greenline Publications. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-9666352-6-3.
  13. ^ Tsumura, Yoshihiko (2011). "Cryptomeria". In Kole, Chittaranjan (ed.). Wild Crop Relatives: Genomic and Breeding Resources: Forest Trees. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 53. ISBN 978-3-642-21250-5.
  14. ^ "Iconic trees in world-first partnership". Stuff.co.nz. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 2011-10-08.

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Yakushima (屋久島) is one of the Ōsumi Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The island, 504.88 km2 (194.94 sq mi) in area, has a population of 13,178. Access to the island is by hydrofoil ferry (7 or 8 times a day from Kagoshima, depending on the season), slow car ferry (once or twice a day from Kagoshima), or by air to Yakushima Airport (3 to 5 times daily from Kagoshima, once daily from Fukuoka and once daily from Osaka).

Administratively, the whole island is the town of Yakushima. The town also serves neighbouring Kuchinoerabujima. The majority of the island is within the borders of the Kirishima-Yaku National Park.Yakushima's electricity is more than 50% hydroelectric, and surplus power has been used to produce hydrogen gas in an experiment by Kagoshima University. The island has been a test site for Honda's hydrogen fuel cell vehicle research. (There are no hydrogen cars stationed on the island but electric cars are run by the municipality.)

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Yakusugi (屋久杉) refers to "Japanese cedar" (sugi, or Cryptomeria) on the island of Yakushima, typically growing at altitudes 500 meters and higher. The term also extends to the lumber taken from the logging of these coniferous trees.

In the strict sense, the term Yakusugi is reserved for trees aged 1,000 years or more, and younger trees are referred to as kosugi ("small cedars"). Replanted cedars are called jisugi ("local cedars") by the Yakushima islanders, although jisugi also refers to trees less than a century old.

In general, the Japanese cedar lives for about 500 years, but yakusugi trees live much longer. They grow on less nutritious granite soil slowly and have a very tight grain. The wood contains a lot of resin due to Yakushima's high rainfall and high humidity, making it resistant to rotting. As a result, these trees tend to have longer lives, and many larger trees have survived for more than 2,000 years. Famous examples include the Jōmon Sugi, Kigen-sugi and Wilson stump.


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