Tuesday, 31 July 2012

All Sorts Of Pine

One of the highlights of Ritsurin Koen are the carefully cultivated and trimmed into geometrical shapes and figures, pine trees.

The pine tree is a symbol of longevity and there are some 1,400 specimens of red pines (akamatsu) and black pines (kuromatsu) in various shapes and sizes. From the 1,400 trees, 930 are carefully trimmed and maintained by a total of... get this : 9 gardeners! Nine!
The growth of these trees has been fashioned so that their branches leap and coil much like an animated dragon.

Hakomatsu (box pine), byobumatsu (gnarly twisted black pine) and tsuru kame matsu (crane turtle pine) are some of the varieties you can view.

I don't know much about pine trees (or any other plants, for that matter) but it was super nice to see all those carefully cared-for trees at Ritsurin Koean when we were there last year. ^^

26 comments:

  1. Love the pine trees here!! Some to the branches really look like animated dragons!!

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    1. Right? The way they shaped the branches are amazing. :)

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  2. The 9 gardeners must be very skillful in trimming and maintaining these trees!

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    1. I bet they are. And to be selected to be one of the 9 gardeners must be quite a feat too. :)

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  3. I like that last photo of Zaini and Raimie under the awesome looking pine tree! Beautiful! : )

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  4. I love and worship pine trees!!! Maybe I should blog about its tree usage that has medicinal values!! I accidentally had to do research on this pine tree during a training for public speaking pula.

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    1. Wah.. why you talk about pine trees and its medicinal value at a training? Do MLM kah? hihi

      Share-share lah the good info on pine trees. Can update your log with that post. kekeke

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  5. Your photos are so sharp and beautiful. Why all hantus calling you to buy smartphone pula? These photos are nicely taken.

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    1. Nama pun hantu. LOL

      Itu SK Thambee asked me to get one so I can spam him endlessly 24/7. ;p

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  6. Hard to believe that all that is handled by just 9 gardeners. They must work around the clock as it is very spectacular :)

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    1. 9 gardeners with about 100 trees each under their care... not too bad a ratio, I would think. ;)

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  7. We often say, "松竹梅”(pine, bamboo, and plum)
    Pine is the highest grade among them. So I think that pine is a great tree.

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  8. I started laughing when I read about the 9 gardeners. If I may repeat myself, "Oh, Japan, I really love you very much."

    Whenever I see these pines, I have an insane urge to climb up, but I restrain myself. (Oy. We all come from trees, you know, so I just want to ... go home! No? Grin.)

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    1. I just can't stop thinking about climbing and making myself at home sitting on one of the branch, reading or just watching the world goes by... too!

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  9. I love Japanese gardens, because they make it look natural but really it is carefully cultivated and controlled so that it is all a work of art!

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    1. Ritsurin garden is a perfec example of that. :)

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  10. They are so beautiful! Wow, the Japanese takes good care of their trees too.... such pampering. :P

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    1. The Japanese does take caring for their trees to the next level. :)

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  11. I don't know much about trees and plants either, but we both know this is a beautiful area.

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    1. Yup, can't deny that. :)
      It's such a joy to enjoy the beauty too. ^^

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  12. Nice Shots of pinetrees. The reflectio of the first photo is very beautiful.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Thanks Minoru.
      Have a good weekend too. :)

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  13. I love pine trees. They give off energizing feeling, and their oil, pine oil, is considered as an excellent mood elevator. :D

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