Fir Tree Koyasan “Six Trees” Momi

モミ    Fir tree

科名:Abies firma

The Fir Tree is one of Koyasan’s “Six Trees” (Rokuboku)


In Japan the Fir tree is cultivated and harvested from the wild. It is  important in the timber industry. (It is often used as paper pulp.)

One easy way to identify this Fir tree is the “V” at the end of the leaves.

特徴的な点は葉っぱの先端が”V”字 に見える。

I’ve yet to try them, but apparently the seeds can be roasted and eaten. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to taste test this year.




This shows the bark of the Fir tree at about five feet above ground.

Beninaginata Red Mushroom!

ベニナギナタ タケ Benaginata  Red Naginata!  (mushroom)

The “Naginata is a traditional Japanese weapon.


It is also a traditional martial art practiced by many in Japan.


Pictured is a wooden naginata used for practice.  An actual naginata would be metal and capable of cutting out charging horses legs.



科名:Clavulinopsis miyabeana

The Japanese common name is “beninaginata”, roughly meaning “red naginata” 薙刀.

It’s quite a chore to collect enough to even make it a side dish,but as an accent to a salad it’s great.





The vivid red color is unique even if the flavor is mild to nearly nonexistent.

I found these near some Kōyamaki 高野槙, Hinoki 檜(Japanese cypress), and Red pine trees.

It’s color fades fairly quickly as it ages past ripeness.



Clavulinopsis is a genus of coral fungi in the Clavariaceae family.

The genus was first described scientifically by Casper van Overeem in 1923.

Casper van Overeem (1 October 1893 – 27 February 1927) was a Dutch mycologist.

van Overeem C. (1923). “Beiträge zur Pilzflora von Niederländisch Indien”. Bulletin du Jardin botanique de Buitenzorg (in German). 3 (3): 247–96.