Daigo-zakura - Okayama (The 1100 years old cherry tree, Okayama)

Hajime Namiki


Very Large Size Print. Daigo-zakura is in my hometown. I am familiar with this special cherry tree. This print is as remarkable as the tree itself. Incredible delicate details with the gorgeous gold background. Please see the details of tree trunk and flowers. This print brings a luxurious mood to your room.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 30 and 1/2 inches by 18 inches (77.5 x 45.5 cm)
Image size: 27 and 1/2 inches by 14 and 1/2 inches (69 x 37 cm)
Sheet number: 175/200
Date: 2004
Signed: Artist signed "Hajime Namiki" by pencil on the bottom margin.
Condition: Pristine condition.


About Daigo Zakura

The Daigo cherry tree is a huge tree in the Chuugoku mountain district in Western Japan, its age is presumed to be more than one thousand years, its height is 18 meters, and its trunk is 9 meters around. It is located on a predominant hill within a steep valley in a small mountain community in Ochiai, Western Japan.
In the 14th century, when Emperor Godaigo passed this area, he already admired this cherry tree. Therefore this tree is called the Daigo cherry tree in his memory. During the flowering season, many visitors come from all over Japan to enjoy this majestic tree and maybe compose a haiku(Japanese poem) in his honor, which is then posted in the box placed nearby at the little tea stall. Since the tree is so old and huge, it is supported by many wooden poles and it's a trunk is fortified with concrete to support the enormous weight of all the branches. The local villagers take really good care of their oldest friend.