Nara Prefecture Yoshino Yoshino Cedar House
奈良県 吉野町 吉野杉の家
Forests of Yoshino cedar and Japanese cypress with a thin curtain of mist
Appearing out of the fog was scenery that seemed to be a reproduction of Hasegawa Tohaku’s screen paintings, Shorin-zu-byobu (Pine Trees). I stepped into a thicket of trees that had been standing for about 50 years. In this grove are cedars from which all but the canopy has been removed; they stood perfectly straight, side by side. Yoshino's afforestation method is called “dense planting”. In this tightly packed forest drifts the mist that follows the rain, creating a truly divine scenery that reveals a balance between nature and human activity.