Finding gold in Tokyo

The leaves of maidenhair trees in Tokyo have changed from green to a vibrant yellow that is part of the autumn colours in Japan. The trees, also known as ginkgo trees, are sometimes described as "living fossils" as they have not changed for more than

The leaves of maidenhair trees in Tokyo have changed from green to a vibrant yellow that is part of the autumn colours in Japan. The trees, also known as ginkgo trees, are sometimes described as "living fossils" as they have not changed for more than 200 million years despite major climate changes. Ginkgo trees are usually found in parks, temples and shrines and along city streets in Tokyo. The Metropolis of Tokyo has chosen the ginkgo as its symbol tree.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2016, with the headline 'Finding gold in Tokyo'. Print Edition | Subscribe