Sugi no Osugi
Sugi no Osugi (杉の大スギ) also known as "Osugi-san" by locals is the world's tallest Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica) and is said to be over 3000 years old. It is located in Ōtoyo, Kōchi, Japan within the grounds of Yasaka Jinja.
Sugi no Osugi actually consists of two separate trees, “Minami Osugi” (“South Giant Cedar”), and “Kita Osugi” (“North Giant Cedar”) merged at the roots. As such it is sometimes collectively referred to as “Meoto Sugi” (“Wedded Cedar”). Minami Osugi's circumference is about 20 m (66 ft) at the base with a height of 60 m (200 ft), Kita Osugi has a circumference of about 16.5 m (54 ft) and is approximately 57 m (187 ft) tall. Based upon legends of its planting by Susanoo-no-Mikoto, Sugi no Osugi's estimated age is said to be over 3000 years old.
- In 1947 Hibari Misora, at the age of 10 years, was involved in a traffic accident in Ōtoyo, Kōchi. While recovering from injuries she stayed in the town and reportedly visited Sugi no Osugi and wish to become a famous singer. She returned to Tokyo where her recording career began in 1949.
- In 1952, Sugi no Osugi was recognised by the government as a special national monument.
- This article incorporates material from the article 杉の大スギ (Sugi no Osugi) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on January 21, 2016.