Pine of Shogon-ji’s Return


A 200- to 400-year-old pine tree on the grounds of Shogon-ji Temple. Shogon-ji had been the temple associated with Tamayama Gold Mine, but after the mine’s decline the temple was transferred to its current location and this tree was planted. The treee’s pose, like that of a twisting dragon, is said to represent the desire to return to Tamayama; it is prized as a symbol of villagers’ sentiments toward the mine.