Day After

Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar


This mysterious Japanese cedar tree is an ancient 800 years old and found deep in the forest of the tallest mountain in the Oki Islands, Mt. Daimanji. The gnarled appearance of the tree is accentuated by its many dangling roots, which are also the origin of the name Chi-chi, which means ‘breasts’. This tree and the entire mountain are believed to be sacred and Chichi-sugi itself is an ancient kind of Shinto shrine which does not have a building. The surrounding area is often very misty adding to the mysterious gravity of the place.