JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.93

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Rows of Gingko Trees

Rows of Gingko Trees

Japan has four distinct seasons, and autumn brings fall foliage, which can be seen in every part of the country. One of the most beautiful trees during this season is the gingko covered with its golden yellow leaves.

There are actually male and female gingko trees. The male variety is most often planted along streets. Female trees are typically planted at parks and Shinto shrines. Male and female trees can be told apart by the presence of fruit. This fruit contains the gingko nut, which is known for its peculiar odor. These nuts called ginnan in Japanese are also edible.

Although streets lined with rows of gingko trees can be seen in many parts of Japan, Showa Kinen Park, a popular spot for fall foliage, has two rows of gingko trees that are 200 meters and 300 meters long. In mid to late November, you can see the stunning and magical beauty of these golden yellow leaves.

Showa Kinen Park is located in Tokyo’s Tachikawa City, which is also home to JGSDF Camp Tachikawa. It is the only JGSDF facility in the capital area to have an airfield. The base plays an important mission in defense security as well as the dispatch of personnel to assist with large-scale disaster relief.

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