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Published: November 7th 2008
The road that curves from the downtown section up into the hills flanks Zenpukuji, a temple constructed in 824. Starting in 1859, Zenpukuji temporarily served as home to Townsend Harris, the first American ambassador to Japan. The temple was chosen due to its high ceilings which more readily accommodated the height of the American ambassador. Ceilings in Japan are all around higher today, due to increased heights resulting from a more protein-rich diet. Alongside Zenpukuji, climbing into the hillside is an ancient, meandering cemetery, the centerpiece of which is a giant ginkgo tree with a girth of 10 meters which, according to legend, started its life as a consecrated staff stuck in the ground by Shinran Shonin in the ninth century that subsequently blossomed into a massive explosion of divine flora. It is probably the oldest living thing in the entirety of Tokyo.
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