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2. Chichinoki (a milk tree, chichi means milk).
The ginkgo tree was called "yachao" during the Ming dynasty (1358-1661) in China, and was later changed into "ichou". The historic spelling of "ichou" is "itefu", because in the Edo period (1603-1887) it was called "ichiyou", which means one leaf and then "ichiyou" was shortened into "ichou".
3. The wood of ginkgo trees is easy to use for building because it has a fine grain. It is good for structures, sculptures, tea shelves, Buddhist family altars and go-boards (go-ban). Ginkgo nuts contain a lot of starch and have a special smell and taste. They are used for cooking dishes such as chawanmushi. However, eating too many of them can cause diarrhea. Ginkgo nuts are also used for cough drops.
4. The gingko tree is the symbol tree of the Tokyo Metropolitan area and Bunkyo Ward. Ginkgo trees propagate easily and are fire-resistant, so there are many ginkgo avenues in Bunkyo. In autumn, its yellow leaves are beautiful.

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