You may have noticed that the logo for Kimotsuki Connection is a tree with a heart-shaped hole in the center. In fact this is a real tree located in Kimotsuki Town. Tsukazaki Giant Camphor Tree is 1300 years old and is sitting on a burial mound dating back to the 4th or 5th century.
The tree is the center of Ohtsuka Shinto shrine and is surrounded by a bamboo forest. At the rear of the tree is a small altar. It is rumored in local folklore that a white snake resides in the tree’s big heart-shaped hole.
This is the ultimate power spot of Kimotsuki due partly to the fact that the whole Tsukazaki area is full of burial mounds that are said to belong to powerful people of that period.
The nearby area is believed to have been the site of first settlement by humans, therefore one of the first areas to be developed in the region.
Why the big tree is sitting on the burial mound remains a mystery. Did someone plant the tree intentionally or is it nothing but a coincidence? It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to contemplate on such a mystery when you visit this giant tree.