Photo Fridays! Take 9: tall trees

gorgeous tree trunk

Look at this beautiful, strong trunk reaching up high!

The startling bells at the modest shrine likely scared off creatures of all sizes. Following the path around the back of the shrine led to this noble tree. Next was a tiny waterfall against a rock wall and the end of the trail.

My manager took a few of us deep into the Shirakamisanchi region. It covers parts of Akita and Aomori prefectures, way up in northern Honshu. This area is famous for being naturally gorgeous and a forest full of beech trees along with the fine specimen above. I believe it is a Japanese cedar but am open to correction.

Nine is the number of this post but it is also a bad number in Japan. This tree balances karma.

Have you experimented with a different angle with your camera? Part of the fun is the gamble – will I fail or will I get an engaging shot? And aren’t trees amazing?

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2 thoughts on “Photo Fridays! Take 9: tall trees

    • Both are bad. In Japanese, one word for four is said “shi” and this sounds like the word for death. One pronunciation for nine is “ku”, which sounds like the word for pain or suffering. I think 4 is bad in China but not 9?? and 13 is definitely not bad. That’s a conversation I’ve had a few times when I’ve been teaching English!

      4 has been my favorite number for as long as I can remember so imagine my issues in Japan! My first apartment block had 8 apartments but the numbers went to 10. On the other hand, my friend (in Canada) lived on the 13th floor but it was called 14.

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