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In Japan, the ginkgo biloba is a sacred tree. Its species has survived 300 million years of evolution, climate change and deforestation. In the past, in Japan, ginkgos were planted in front of Buddhist and Shinto temples. Some of these trees are more than 1000 years old. The ginkgo has a reputation for being immortal. It is incredibly resistant to fire and pollution. It is the first tree to have grown back in Hiroshima after the atomic bomb had devastated everything... This species has saved several temples and buildings from major fires and earthquakes, notably in Tokyo in 1923. So nowadays it is often planted in front of sanctuaries, institutions and schools in order to protect them. Was it the intention of the gardener who planted this young tree right outside the door of the Lycée Emile Jacqmain? This tree is part of the natural heritage of the Brussels Capital Region.