The Hama-Rikyu Garden is located at the mouth of the Sumida River by the Tokyo Bay. It was donated by the Imperial family in 1945 to become a public park. The garden was the site of a residence of the Tokugawa shogun family since the mid-1600s. A huge – literally – feature of this garden is the ‘300-year old pine’, which is known by that name.
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THE 300-YEAR PINE
This black pine has a trunk that is divided in two parts at the base. One trunk was allowed to grow ‘normally’, i.e. vertically. The other trunk was trained to grow horizontally. This part of the tree is, needless to say, extensively supported by large beams. This tree has been taken care of by several generations of dedicated gardeners over three centuries.