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クリスマスのキューガーデンは、
夜も22時までライトアップされていて、
とても幻想的で美しいのです。
その様子をお写真でご紹介したいと思います。

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こちらのエリア(↓)に足をふみいれると、
フランキンセンスの香りが。。
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皆、この場で立ち止まり、瞑想している方も。
とても厳かな雰囲気でした。
どこから漂ってくるのかな、と思って見渡してみると、
こちらで、フランキンセンスを薫香していました。
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クリスマスシーズンにロンドンを旅する計画がある方は、
夜のキューガーデンをお散歩してみるのはいかがでしょう。

とてもロマンチックですし、クリスマスショップも併設されておりますので、
旅の記念になるようなモノにも出会えるかもしれません。

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~フランキンセンスについて~
Most of us have heard of Frankincense, even if it is only within the context of the Nativity. As you will no doubt remember, Frankincense was one of a trinity of gifts given to Mary and Joseph by the wise men in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Frankincense begins its journey by being tapped from the bark of the Boswellia tree. This is achieved by slashing the bark and allowing the exuded resins to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are known as tears. There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a slightly different type of resin.

The trees will begin to produce their resin when they are about 8 to 10 years old. Tapping the tree for resin is done 2 to 3 times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic terpene, sesquiterpene and diterpene content. Generally speaking, the more opaque resins are the best quality. Dhofari frankincense (from Boswellia sacra) is said to be the best in the world, although fine resin is also produced more extensively in Yemen and along the northern coast of Somalia, from which the Roman Catholic Church draws its supplies.

Frankincense trees are considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that they sometimes grow directly out of solid rock. The means of initial attachment to the stone is not known but is accomplished by a bulbous disk-like swelling of the trunk. This disk-like growth at the base of the tree prevents it from being torn away from the rock during the violent storms that frequent the region they grow in. This feature is slight or absent in trees grown in rocky soil or gravel. The tears from these hardier survivors are considered superior for their more fragrant aroma.

Recent studies have indicated that frankincense tree populations are declining due to over-exploitation. Heavily tapped trees have been found to produce seeds that germinate at only 16% while seeds of trees that had not been tapped germinate at more than 80%.


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