Charms of Minamiboso (43) Maki hedges

(43) マキの生垣

If you stroll around residential areas in Minamiboso, you often find nicely trimmed high, green hedges. The tree maki, a conifer with narrow leaves very common in the area, is the tree of Chiba Prefecture. The kind is also found in precincts of temples and shrines, and they are often very big and very old. Gardeners get especially busy working on the hedges before local festivals and new years, as people would like to welcome these holy days with neatly trimmed hedges.