Japanese railway station built around a 700-year-old tree
• Japanese railway station built around a 700-year-old tree
In the suburbs of the Japanese city of Osaka has a unique railway station, which proves that man and nature can coexist in harmony. Japanese nature worship is well known, especially in the design world. We give to your attention the railway station Kayashima (Kayashima).
The train station was originally built in 1910 around a huge camphor tree that grew here for many years. The plant was nicknamed Big Kusu, and camphor is older than some of the chronicles, but in the meantime be granted that he is about 700 years old. As the local population began to grow, it became clear that the plant is necessary to carry out reconstruction of its expansion. In 1972, the renovation plans for the station, involves the destruction of the tree with the aim of clearing the site for construction. Before the start of construction works have decided to cut down the tree, and make room for new construction. When local residents learned that they want to do with their favorite tree, they were furious and began to appear around the tree stories that tree is angry and can send down a curse on those who would dare to cut it down.
There are several stories that tell of the miraculous preservation of wood. Some people think that by cutting down the tree saved characteristic of the Japanese reverence for nature, others say that the cause of saving the tree - the usual prejudice.
Apparently, the tree has long been associated with the local shrines and deities, and its impending destruction caused quite a stir in the local community.
Eventually, officials had to find a version of the updated platform design, including a tree. The decision on the wood log structure has been challenged, and Kayashima station built literally around him. Wood had to be included in the design of the station buildings: a tree trunk passes through a hole in the platform and the crown rises majestically above the roof.
Construction of the railway station Kayashima was completed in 1980, and the tree has become a local shrine. It stands surrounded by a fence made of traditional sacred tablets and sacred ribbon festooned Shimenava that in Japan symbolizes the presence of the deity and protects from curses.