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吾川のひょうたん桜 Agawanohyoutansakura Hyotan-zakura in Agawa

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Hyotan-zakura is a spindly weeping cherry tree standing on the mountainside in Agawa in Kochi Prefecture. This 500-year-old spindly tree is 8 m in root coverage and 25 m in height. As it has the blossom buds looking like gourds, it is called Hyotan-zakura (Gourd Cherry). Visitors come to enjoy viewing this wonderful cherry tree day and night, for the tree is lit up at night in its blooming season. It is also very interesting to see the cute gourd-shaped buds before they come into bloom. It will look as if hundreds of small gourds hanging from the branches of this tall and imposing tree. It was designated as a prefecture’s natural monument in January, 1953.
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上杉家廟所 Uesugi-ke-byousyo Uesugi Clan Mausoleum

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The mausoleum of the Uesugi Clan is located in Yonezawa in Yamagata Prefecture. The Uesugi-ke-byousyo is the final resting place for the long line of the Uesugi clan.

The tomb of the clan founder, Kenshin Uesugi, can be found in the center of the mausoleum, while the tombs housing the remains of up to 12 generations of his descendants spread out to both sides. The tombs for the 2nd to 8th generation descendants are made of Japanese zelkova with circular columns and are in the Yashiro architectural style. Tombs for the 9th to 12th generation descendants are made from Japanese cedar and cypress with simple square columns, built in the Hougyou architectural style at the request of the 10th generation Youzan. Either way, the styles of the tombs show the personality of the Uesugi clan perfectly.

The remains of founder Kenshin Uesugi were placed in a jar along with his armor and were transported from Echigo-kasuga-yama (present day Jyouetsu City, Niigata Prefecture), via Aizu (present day Aizu-wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture) and Yonezawa Castle, and finally to the Uesugi-ke-byousyou in the 9th year of the Meiji period.

Yonezawa Clan Uesugi Clan Mausoleum was designated a National Monument in January 1984.
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菅尾石仏 Sugao-sekibutsu The Sugao Stone Buddha Statues

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The Sugao stone Buddha statues were created in the late-Heian period. The area was designated as an archeological site on 22 January, 1924, and as an important cultural asset on 26 May, 1964.

There are five carved images: Amitabha Buddha in the center, Bhaisajyaguru and Sahasrabhuja-arya-avalokiteśvara on the right, and Jūichimen Kannon and Tamonten on the left. They are preserved in relatively good condition. From the red-colored images, an invisible energy seems to gush out.

For 1000 years, these monuments have been protecting the people from mishap, while bringing luck and encouraging the birth and raising of strong children. The statues are also called 'Iwagongen' as an invocation to the god Kishu-Kumanogongen
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