Okay class sit down and shut up because this is fucking adorable. The big tree on the left is Tāne Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, the largest kauri tree in the world, quite possibly older than Jesus Christ. It lives in New Zealand not far from Dargaville in the North Island. We love it a lot.
The big tree on the right is Jōmon Sugi, a great big yakusugi tree from Yakushima Island in Japan, and it may be up to seven thousand years old. So by comparison Tāne Mahuta is just a little sprout, which is adorable and appropriate because while, in Maori, Tāne is the name of the god of the forests, in Japanese ‘tane’ means the sprout of a plant.
And the two trees are partners. Isn’t that lovely? In the first arrangement of its kind, like ever, in 2009, they were, well, kind of married. Given their age difference I’m not quite sure I see the partnership as a marriage, though. Perhaps it’s more like the bond between mentor and pupil. Jōmon-sensei and Tāne-chan.