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A Japanese Train Station Built to Accommodate an Ancient Tree

In 1910, the centuries-old camphor tree in Neyagawa, Japan, was a convenient source of shade for commuters at Kayashima Station. In 1972, it was in the way.

The tree in question, known locally as the Big Kusu Tree of Kayashima, is estimated to be around 700 years old, and has long been associated with a local deity in the Osaka suburb. When town officials decided to cut it down to make room for an expansion of the Kayashima Station—a necessary development given the rapid rise in population over the decades—local residents got angry.

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