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See How Trees Get Their Winter Rope Umbrellas

Gardens Japanese Winter Kanazawa Ishikawa Hokuriku

Have you ever wondered how the gardeners at Kenroku-en put up ropes on the trees to protect them from snow this winter? We've got just the video for you.

The rope umbrellas will prevent the branches from breaking under heavy, wet snow. A gardener tosses ropes from a height of 14 meters. The ropes are then stretched from treetops to lower branches. This traditional task takes place every year at Kenroku-en, considered one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. Gardeners take about six weeks to place ropes at about 800 locations in the garden.