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26.11.14

GINGKO NUTS AT A SHRINE (神社の銀杏)

Sometimes I walk up to a Shinto shrine near my place of work.  The shrine is surrounded by woods, and it has a solemn atmosphere, which I love.

When I visited there last week, I noticed a terrible smell like dung at stairs.  As I walked up, the smell had become stronger, and at last I found gingko fruits on the ground.


A Shinto shrine at the top of the stairs.  

The cryptomeria forest around the shrine

A shrine guarded by a pair of stone‐carved guardian dogs.

A huge gingko tree beside a shrine. 

Innumerable gingko fruits under the huge gingko tree.  


Gingko fruits
Gingko nuts are within gingko fruits.  Pulp of gingko fruits stinks, however, nuts are so delicious.  The nuts are usually toasted to eat.  Gingko yakitori is my favorite.  Gingko nuts are also used as one of ingredients of a Japanese dish "Chawan-Mushi', that is a savory steamed egg custard with assorted ingredients.  

Gingko nuts

Yellowish green gingko yakitori

A yellow gingko nut in Japanese dish 'Chawan Mushi'

Because of its awful smell, female plants of gingko are not suitable for roadside trees.  In order to eat the nuts, we must remove pulp with our nostrils closed!?



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