This 400 Year-Old Bonsai Survived Hiroshima Atomic Bomb!

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Sixty five years ago , during World War II, a B-29 bomber known as the “Enola Gay” dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of people.

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Photo credit: USDA-U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM

Among the survivors was a small tree, a Bonsai, which ended up in the United States as part of a national gift from Japan.

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Photo credit: USDA-U.S. NATIONAL ARBORETUM

The White Japanese Pine, which is shaped like a mushroom, was donated by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki to America’s National Arboretum in 1976, where it lay in relative obscurity for nearly thirty years.

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Today, the white pine stands only a few feet tall, with a thick trunk and stubby green and yellowed needles.

The Bonsai, now 400 years old, is still alive, and forms part of one of the most striking collections in the U.S. capital. Producer Zulima Palacio has the story.

VIA VOA News
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