Despite the horrific history of the place where it stands, one bonsai tree has proven its timeless resilience and beauty.
Somewhere in the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington, one Japanese White Pine Bonsai has captured the attention of visitors not only for its surprisingly thick tree trunk and healthy elongated leaves, but also for one captivating fact. This bonsai has survived the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.
Previously owned by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki, this Japanese White Pine bonsai was a part of a 53-specimen gift for the bicentennial celebration of the United States in 1976. On March 2001, two Japanese brothers named Shigeru and Akira Yamaki, flew to the United States to visit the museum and check on their grandfather’s bonsai.
By the time they arrived there, they shared all information they had about the tree with the museum officials, even if they have never seen the bonsai before. They only heard about it through the stories of their family.
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