There used to be a large cedar tree there.
Mukashi soko ni wa sugi no taiboku ga atta.
olden days; former
there (place relatively near listener); there (place just mentioned); that place; then (of some incident just spoken of); that (of point just raised); you
at (place, time); in; on; during; to (direction, state); toward; into; for (purpose); because of (reason); for; with; by; from; as (i.e. in the role of); per; in; for; a (e.g. "once a month"); and; in addition to; if; although
topic marker particle; indicates contrast with another option (stated or unstated); adds emphasis
cobia (Rachycentron canadum); sergeant fish
indicates possessive; nominalizes verbs and adjectives; substitutes for "ga" in subordinate phrases; (at sentence-end, falling tone) indicates a confident conclusion; (at sentence-end) indicates emotional emphasis; (at sentence-end, rising tone) indicates question
indicates sentence subject (occasionally object); indicates possessive (esp. in literary expressions); but; however; still; and
to be (usu. of inanimate objects); to exist; to live; to have; to be located; to be equipped with; to happen; to come about