A Mystical 700 Year-Old Tree Was In The Way Of A New Train Station. No Problem!
Have you ever looked at a tree and wondered how old it is? Trees are so majestic looking when they're big and tall, it's always intriguing to find out how long it took the tree to reach its size. A giant camphor tree in Osaka, Japan, for example, is believed to be 700 years old. It's so old that a train station in the northeast suburbs of Osaka was built around it.
The tree was actually supposed to be cut down a long time ago, but it never was due to certain superstitions.
Kayashima station was originally created right next to the camphor tree and opened in back in 1910.
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In 1972, an expansion of the station was approved due to the population increase. With this new expansion on the way, the tree was planned to be cut down to make more room for the new structure.
Nonetheless, everyone who attempted to cut down the tree failed as each of them was doomed with some type of mysterious, unfortunate event.
One man actually was able to cut down one branch, but then fell ill with a high fever later on in the day. Others witnessed smoke rising from the bottom of the tree.
Locals were outraged once the found out that people were trying to cut down their beloved tree. Eventually, tales of the tree being a deity began to spread.
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