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Jomon cedar, Yakushima island, Kagoshima prefecture
Jomon Cedar (Jomon Sugi), also known as Daio Sugi (Emperor Cedar) is the oldest and largest of nearly 2,000 old-growth sugi trees on Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is estimated to be between 2,170 and 7,200 years old.
Yakushima's unique remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest has no known records of past tree cutting.
The "pristine" Yakusugi Forest is visited by 300,000 tourists every year.
SOURCE: Courtesy of Japan National Tourism Organization, used with permission.
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