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From This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb, and no one knew until 2001:
The tree, a part of the Arboretum’s National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, has not only navigated the perils of age to become the collection’s oldest, but it also survived the blast of an atomic bomb, Little Boy, dropped over Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II.Read the entire article HERE. What a testimony to the tenacity of life!
“For one, it’s amazing to think that something could have survived an atomic blast,” said Weisberg, a 26-year-old student at the Georgetown University Law Center.
The bonsai tree’s history is being honored this week, as Thursday marks the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. But visitors can see the tree as part of the museum’s permanent collection throughout the year.
The tree, donated by a bonsai master named Masaru Yamaki, was part of a 53-specimen gift to the United States for its 1976 bicentennial. Little was known about the tree until March 8, 2001, when — with no advance notice — two brothers visiting from Japan showed up at the museum to check on their grandfather’s tree.
“Location, location, location,” [Jack] Sustic [curator of the Bonsai and Penjing Museum] said. “It was up against a wall. It must have been the wall that shielded it from the blast.”
All the family members inside the home survived the blast as well. It blew out all the windows, leaving everyone inside cut from flying glass, but no one suffered permanent injury, according to the museum.
The white pine has long outlived its life expectancy and has spent about a tenth of its life in Washington....
Please see this related information at Amazon...The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: A Little Bonsai with a Big Story (2015). I am reminded of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Fir Tree — although the two stories offer different lessons and very different endings.