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Along some of Japan's most celebrated streets you can find some trees lining the sidewalks.

In Tokyo, along Omote Sando street, there are are some Keyaki trees which are also known as Japanese zelkova trees. They create a nice atmosphere to walk during the different seasons.

In this blog by Japanese teacher Yatabe sensei, she talks about this topic and introduces some vocabulary that is useful to learn.

Roadside Trees


By YATABE Kumiko





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Roadside Trees

The apartment where I live is situated next to a National route. Along the sidewalk on this road, for a distance of about 17 kilometers there are some Japanese zelkova trees planted and it is the longest line of trees in Japan. At the start of summer, the green leaves are very beautiful.

However, since these Japanese zelkova have been planted here, the sidewalk (which wasn't that wide in the first place), has become even narrower. And also the tree roots have been growing underground and the concrete around these Japanese zelkova is coming up and there are some places that are difficult to walk along.

With trees this tall, I guessed that their roots must have grown quite deep. But when I searched it on the Internet, I found an unexpected fact. Tree roots often grow out horizontally, but they do not usually grow very far down vertically. Still I pity trees that line the roads that are surrounded by concrete and cannot grow freely. If I am reborn, I want to come back as a tree in a forest and don't want to be a tree in a roadside tree.

街路樹(がいろじゅ) roadside tree

国道(こくどう) National Route

歩道(ほどう) sidewalk

並木(なみき) line of trees

新緑(しんりょく) green leaves


意外(いがい)な unexpected

水平方向(すいへいほうこう) horizontal direction

垂直方向(すいちょくほうこう) vertical direction

生(う)まれ変(か)わる be reborn


Konnichiwa. My name is Kumiko Yatabe. I live in Saitama, just North of Tokyo.

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