This 390-Year-Old Tree Survived the Bombing of Hiroshima and WW2 …This is Remarkable

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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.

 Today, the bonsai still has the placard that was already there centuries ago, which says, “In training since 1625”. And because of that, it continues to spark the curiosity of locals and visitors.
Jack Sustic, the caretaker of the Bonsai at Penjing Museum, said, “One of the things that make it so special is, if you imagine, somebody has attended to that tree every day since 1625. I always like to say bonsai is like a very. It’s not a noun; it’s doing”.
This 390-year-old bonsai is currently placed in the museum’s courtyard, so that passers-by can admire its beauty.

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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