Large conifer that grows up to 50 m in height; native to northeast Asia. The bark is thin and flaking, fissuring in old trees. The cup is wide and conical, with tiny needles, dark green on the beam and bluish white on the underside. Very popular in The Japanese Bonsai before the Second World War thanks to Tomekichi Kato, father of the famous master Saburo Kato, who managed to find the conditions of cultivation necessary for the survival of the yamadori from the island of Kunashiri. It adapts to any style, although the most common is the curved informal upright (Moyogi); it is also used for group planting (Yose-Uye).