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Photo Journal: Ginkgo gold

(Mainichi)

The great ginkgo tree that gave rise to Kumamoto Castle's nickname as "Ginnan-jo" (ginkgo castle), is seen at its peak of autumn gold in this photo taken on Dec. 2, 2016. The 21-meter tree was unveiled to the media the same day. It is said to have been planted by the Edo period daimyo (lord) Kato Kiyomasa, who built the castle. Much of the castle is currently off-limits to the regular public as it was badly damaged in earthquakes that struck Kumamoto Prefecture in April 2016. (Mainichi)

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