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The sakura tree is a well-known sight in the historic district.

Sakura tree falls on man at Sannenzaka near Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

A man was injured and taken to hospital on Tuesday when a sakura tree fell on him at Sannenzaka, one of Kyoto’s busiest tourist areas located along the approach to Kiyomizudera (Kiyomizu temple) in the city’s Higashiyama Ward.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m., with a witness calling emergency services to report that the man was trapped under the tree. When the fire department arrived, they found that the tree had fallen across the stone-paved staircase, blocking the thoroughfare, and the man beneath it was conscious but bleeding and unable to free himself.

Fire department officers rescued the 62-year-old man, but he had difficulty walking so was taken to a nearby hospital. According to Kyoto Prefectural Police, the fallen cherry blossom tree was located on private land, and was approximately 9.1 metres (30 feet) high and 40 centimeters in diameter.

The location of the incident is roughly 200 meters from the Niomon Gate of Kiyomizudera, an area that is crowded with local and international tourists. Police have cordoned off the area and are currently investigating the exact cause of the incident.

Sources: NHK, Sankei

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Did it make a sound?

Best wishes to the poor chap.

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A scary experience that he lived through and is now able to recount.

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I imagine that the sheer number of visitors along the path had undermined the area around its roots,and Kyoto being as it is,had not bothered to do any tree surveys.

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What an awful way to welcome Spring.

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All trees require inspections, but this particular tree is located on private property.

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Kyoto has been so short of money in recent years and (having seen similar in other cities) there doesn’t appear to be strict control of possible hazards emanating from private to public land in Japan.

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piskian: "Did it make a sound?"

I'm quite sure it did, as we were just a short distance away and thought we heard a crash. Got there a bit later and saw part of the tree had crashed into the roof and front of the shop across the street from it. Couldn't get through after that for the rest of the day. Everyone backtracked, went left, and then around to Kiyomizu Temple. The tree was absolutely covered in moss and where it had broken and fallen over it looked like rot. On our way back from the temple it was news crews, police, and fire department still there, and even news helicopters flying over.

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an appropriate reminder of life being fleeting.

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Fire department officers rescued the 62-year-old man, but he had difficulty walking so was taken to a nearby hospital

Wishing him a swift recovery. Good to know he could walk, even with difficulty. Any broken bones, even a finger, causes Japanese reporting to use the word "重傷", which can make injuries sound more serious than they may be.

A heavily-liked comment on a Yahoo Japan news story about this is someone saying, "this tree is bound to be a somei yoshino. All of them are branches grafted onto rootstock, and they rot at the graft". This may have convinced Yahoo readers, but the tree was widely reported to be a weeping shidare sakura. Anyway, I thought it was interesting to see how much traction the comment got just by sounding credible.


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