The Bonsai That Survived Hiroshima
This superb bonsai tree was donated to the American people in 1976 by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki, whose family has been caring for these exceptional plants for several generations in a nursery near Hiroshima. This particular Japanese White Pine bonsai tree is no less than 388-years-old, and it was at the aforementioned nursery when the Atomic Bomb hit Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
The nursery in question was situated about 2 miles away from the explosion site, and even though it sustained severe damage, the tree itself miraculously survived. The bonsai was originally brought to Hiroshima from the nearby Miyajima Island, and it is considered very valuable due to its rarity. Nowadays, the tree can be observed at the United States National Arboretum, which was founded in 1976 when the Nippon Bonsai Association donated 53 bonsai and 6 viewing stones to the US citizens in order to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial. There are a total of 3 pavilions inside the Arboretum that house about 150 plants. None of them is as valuable or as significant as the “Hiroshima Survivor”, though.