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September 18, 2016

Revisited: Old Ginkgo Maldegem, Belgium


Revisited: Old Ginkgo tree at Maldegem, Belgium,  Noordstraat 15, front garden of former house (castle) of Victor deLille.
c. 1840, female tree, with chichi.
Enlarged photo on my website: Photospecial page

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Another photo on Flickr by ArcheoNet Vlaanderen.

Recent video I made of this great tree:


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August 24, 2016

Ginkgo on woodblock print 1801 and Kabuki Theater Edo


Woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni I,  1801-1802.
Thirteen famous actors sheltering from the rain under Ginkgo tree, one of the female impersonators on a black ox.
Kabuki. Oban triptych. Nishiki-e on paper. Edo.
More info and larger picture: British Museum


Edo-Tokyo Museum - replica of the Nakamura-za Kabuki Theater in Sakai-cho, Edo (now Nihonbashi-Ningyo-cho, Tokyo).
The Nakamura-za (founded 1624) was one of the three main kabuki theatres of Edo.
It was founded by Kanzaburō Nakamura.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
 
The Nakamura family of the Kabuki theater had a "mon" representing a Ginkgo leaf shaped into a crane and put it on a flag.
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August 07, 2016

Millenium Ginkgo in Hunan, China


This female Ginkgo tree is over 1000 years old, six people are needed to surround it.
It is 30 meters high and  located in Liuyang, Changsha county, Hunan, China.

Photo and more info: Hunan online.

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July 21, 2016

Giant Ginkgo, Iwadono-kannon



Another video (and panorama) of the giant Ginkgo tree, Iwadono-kannon, Shohoji Temple at Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
Said to be 700 years old.


Big Ginkgo at Iwadono-kannon

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July 14, 2016

Ginkgo trees, Kranenburg - Parnassusberg, Zwolle

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These Ginkgo trees grow at Cemetery Kranenburg (Hagenpark area) in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
I took this photo last week when the sun was shining for a while on a rainy day.
They are situated on the so-called Parnassusberg, an elevated vantage point named after the Greek mountain Parnassus, symbol for the habitation of the Muses.
It is composed of two terraces surrounded by hedges. The circular shape of the mountain symbolizes the all-encompassing.


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July 09, 2016

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

* New photo on Photospecial page: Ginkgo  leaf.
 
* New topic: 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree to be planted by UNITAR.

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June 30, 2016

300 Ginkgo trees Sewol Memorial Forest, Korea

In 2014 the Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people when it sank, and of the 304 who died, 250 were pupils from the same high school on an organised trip.
Sewol Memorial Forest was first proposed at last year’s first anniversary of the sinking to the social enterprise Tree Planet and the group 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and a Safer Society by Sean Hepburn Ferrer, a human rights activist and son of famous film actor Audrey Hepburn. Audrey Hepburn served as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund from 1989 until her death in 1993.
On April 10, 2015, the bereaved families and Audrey Hepburn’s family planted the first 30 trees at the ‘Sewol Memorial Forest’.

Video:



Now over 300 Ginkgo trees have been planted in this forest.
“Instead of flowers, we are dedicating a forest. Just as trees grow stronger with time, so we hope the Sewol is never forgotten.”
This message was delivered at a ceremony in Jindo, South Jeolla Province,  to mark the completion of the memorial forest commemorating the victims.



Location: Baedong Mugunghwa Island Park, 4.16 kilometers away from Paengmok Port, the nearest land site from where the MV Sewol sank.

Read more: Tree Planet

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June 10, 2016

Ginkgo leaves painting

Ginkgo Wings

Wonderful painting of Ginkgo leaves by Wanda Sullivan, Associate Professor of Art Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama.
Painting oil on panel, 12"x 12", 2012. 
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May 29, 2016

Ginkgo trees, Chichibu Muse Park, Japan



Video of beautiful Ginkgo trees by OSA63730910 on YouTube .
Location: 3 km long Sky Road in Chichibu Muse Park, Saitama Prefecture, Ogano, Japan.

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May 18, 2016

Ginkgo sculpture natural burial cemetery Magdeburg


Natural burial cemetery of 2000 m2 at Südfriedhof in Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.

A glass sculpture of a stylized Ginkgo leaf marks the location. 
Written on it a famous quote by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
„Man sieht die Blumen welken und die Blätter fallen, aber man sieht auch Früchte reifen und neue Knospen keimen".
Several Ginkgo trees have been planted on this cemetery.

Famous poem about the Ginkgo by Goethe on my website

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May 02, 2016

UNITAR 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo (2)

Continued from my post on April 29:

Second generation A-bombed Ginkgo tree presentation at UNITAR Geneva, May 2.
Watch the video of the presentation of the Ginkgo on UNITAR Facebook:



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April 29, 2016

UNITAR 2nd generation A-bombed Ginkgo


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April 27, 2016

Ginkgo grove - Blandy Experimental Farm Virginia

Ginkgo grove of the State Arboretum University of Virginia,
Blandy Experimental Farm.

The Arboretum writes:
"The Ginkgo grove is the result of  a scientific experiment.
Dr. Orland E. White, Blandy Experimental first Director, began collecting ginkgo
seeds in 1929 from a single “mother tree” on the University of Virginia Grounds in Charlottesville. After these seeds germinated, Dr. White’s students planted over 600 ginkgo saplings to determine the sex ratio of this tree. Most plants are both male and female, but like holly, persimmon, and other species, ginkgo is dioecious, meaning a tree is usually male or female, but not both. Dr. White hypothesized the sex ratio would be
1:1. He did not live long enough to find out if he was right, but of the 301 trees that survived to maturity and for which gender could be determined, 157 were female and 144 were male. Statistically speaking, this does not deviate significantly from1:1. "

Video (Blandy Farm starts 8:12)


Video by WVPTPublic TV & Media on YouTube.

Photo and enlargement: Virginia Arboretum on Flickr.com.

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April 21, 2016

Updates of my website The Ginkgo Pages

 * New photo on Photospecial page: My Ginkgo  seedling 1 week old.

* Added microphoto of Ginkgo stem cross section on my Wood-page.

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April 07, 2016

A-bombed Ginkgo tree in Hiroshima


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Source: Sphereshare.net

A-bombed Ginkgo tree in Hiroshima, Japan
This Ginkgo situated near a temple about 1130 m away from the hypocenter appeared to bud after the blast (the temple itself was destroyed). 
The temple-site in Housenbou was smaller after the war and they considered transplanting or cutting down the Ginkgo to rebuild the temple. In 1994 it was decided to leave it there and adjust the temple to it, so now the main building has stairs in front divided into left-and right hand sides, protecting the Ginkgo inside this U-shape. 
Engraved on it "No more Hiroshima" and people's prayers for peace. 
This tree has thus become an international symbol. 
Estimated planting 1850, 15 m. 

 
Location:  3-3 Tera-machi, Naka-ku. Near Nishihongan-ji and Zensho-ji.

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