The particular mysterious cherry tree from space


Mystery encompases the early blossoming of the Japanese cherry tree that returned from a journey into space, leaving the Buddhist monks and scientists that take care of it with love speechless. The shrub, that is four years old, bloomed at the begining of April and that is six years earlier compared to average time needed for similar plants.

Cherry in space

Cherry in space

One of the priests of the temple Ganjoji within Gifu region of central Japan said that the particular tree bloomed really quickly, in a amazing speed. The pit from which this tree was planted originated from a cherry tree that the monks have taken care of with the utmost care for generations . This specific shrub is believed to be 1, 250 years old according to local legend.

Ganjoji's sacred cherry tree

Ganjoji’ s sacred cherry tree

Apparently, this is the first time a seed using this sacred cherry tree has such (if any) growth! The monks are very happy and pleased with the fact that this little tree will be the successor of it, since there have never already been any other trees coming from it. They might approach this matter like this yet why did the tree have this kind of accelarated growing speed?

Japanese sakura

Japanese sakura


Exposure to cosmic rays

The riddle grows since it is known that the miraculous seed choose to go through a real odyssey in space just before returning to the temple it belonged. It was chosen years ago along with other seeds from the sacred tree but also from trees of other regions. Cherry trees are called sakura in Japanese and its people love watching them bloom within spring, as it is their national shrub. So , the seeds were delivered to space in November 2008 for a journey that was to last eight months . Finally, after going around our planet 4, 100 times, they will returned to earth to be examined. Some of these seeds were dissected within the laboratory in the name of science but most of them returned to their hometowns and some had been planted close to the ancestral tree.

Cherry in space

Cherry within space

Amazingly as you may state, within just four years, Ganjoji’ h space cherry tree has already arrived at a height of four meters . In the beginning, it had been treated as part of an educational program designed to show children how to plant and the seeds were supposed to blossom 10 years later, in the children’ s arriving of age. That would teach them reasons for evolution and continuous improvement , but the space cherry shrub had other plans.

This unusually rapid growth has led the scientists participating to the system believe that this could be owing to the exposure from the seeds to cosmic rays . Yet, this is something that our current level of knowledge plus technology cannot explain scientifically for that reason is still in a theoritical stage. Has been it the space or the extreme treatment shown by the monks that result in the astonishing blooming? I guess that will we’ ll have to wait to discover.

Cherry in bloom

Cherry in bloom

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Simply by +Nikos Kontorigas