This blog is written by author Sachiko who is not a native speaker of English, so it may be hard to read. It is translated from the summary of Japanese page;

Sacred rope “Shimenawa” for zelkova tree living over a thousand years (made in Idegawa, Odate city)


The zelkova tree “Idegawa-no-Keyaki” stands at Idegawa area in Odate.

The tree has been living over millennium.

It has 5 trunks from one root, and its perimeter of the stump is about 28 meter.

People here cherish it, think the god is in, make a Shinto festoon "Shimenawa" and dedicate it to the tree every year.

I visited to the village and looked at how to make Shimenawa on March 5th.

Making 3 bundles of sedge that grew on this area, twisting them together, tending it to 6 meter adding sedge, and making 2 sets of rope.


Twisting rice straw, putting the paper  “Shide” which is used in Shinto on it.


 Cutting straggling sedge to make it neat.


Tying 2 ropes, and then with the rice straw rope it will be put around Idegawa-no-Keyaki when the festival of Wakaki-shrine on April 8th.


Idegawa-no-Keyaki is free for visiting, you can enter the big hole of its stump.


【Address of Idegawa-no-Keyaki】 Idegawa-Kamisawatai, Odate-shi, Akita-ken, Japan

The information is as of March 5th 2017.