“Isshingyo No Oozakura (is-shin-gyo no o-za-ku-ra, いっしんぎょうのおおざくら, 一心行の大桜)” is a single wild cherry tree (Ya-ma-za-ku-ra, やまざくら, 山桜) about 400 years old with a circumference of 7.35 m and a height of 14 m, and widths (from end to end of the branch) of 26 m from north to south and 21.3 m from east to west. Yamazakura is not So-me-i-yo-shi-no (そめいよしの, ソメイヨシノ, 染井吉野) which is typical and most popular cherry blossom in Japan. But main part of the tree was unfortunately destroyed by the flash‐to‐ground 50 years ago and a typhoon in 2007. The original dome-like shape of the whole tree has been changed to alphabetical “M”-like shape as typically show by the photos taken from the east or west.
The huge cherry tree was in full bloom when I and my wife went cherry blossom viewing on April 6, 2016. After only two days (April 8, 2016), the tree has been drastically changed due to yesterday’s rain with typhoon-like strong wind.
“Oozakura (大桜)” means a huge cherry tree. “Oo (大)” is a prefix that means “huge” or “very big” in English. “No (の)” is “of” that works in opposite direction. That is, “Isshingyo No Oozakura” corresonds to “Oozakura of Isshingyo (大桜 of 一心行)”. “Isshingyo (一心行)” means single-mindedly performed religious austerities.
Photos of “Isshingyo No Oozakura” taken on April 6 and 8, 2016: before and after storm