Well, all of that aside, this is absolutely my favorite tree and here are the reasons why:
It is not prone to disease
It has beautiful soft needles
It has beautiful drooping branches
It's a conifer, so it is evergreen
It has fantastic cones on the branches which are lovely and are even lovelier in holiday arrangements
It makes for great screening
It can be sheered into a hedge
It also comes in a dwarf variety
I have one quite old Cryptomeria and 2 youngins'. The younger ones are indeed more beautiful, but my old elder has a loopy statesman-like air that I can relate to ;-)
Here's the Old Guy...looming over our side yard...he's been through a lot
Here is a photo of the 'youngins'. I planted these in a part of the yard by the pool that blocks my neighbor's house-sized garage that looks like a house and that they keep lighted up at night which makes me cranky.
Here is a closer look at the branches
Here is the bark on the Old guy:
Here are 2 photos that I found on the internet of the cones. Unfortunately this year I do not see any cones developing which I am quite sad about.