Washington | The story of a tree that survives on earth as a marvel of time to witness historical moments is the talk of social media. The tree is called the White Pine Bonsai. The tree is now housed in the National Bonsai and Penzing Museum at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC.
Authorities say the tree is 394 years old. Bonsai were first planted in 1625. This bonsa is not only centuries old, but also the tree that survived the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
History has it that the bonsai was gifted to the United States in 1976 by a Japanese bonsai expert, Masaru Yamaki. Yamaki’s grandchildren, who visited the museum in 2001, told authorities about the tree’s history. On August 6, 1945, at eight o’clock in the morning, the windows of Mazaru Yamaki’s house exploded and slammed into his skin. That’s when a USB-29 bomber, known as the ‘Enola Gay’, dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, just two miles from Yamaki’s home.
The blast destroyed three-quarters of the city. About one lakh people were killed. Yamaki and his family escaped with minor injuries. This expensive bonsai tree was unharmed because of the high walls around the garden.
Yamaki conserved bonsai until 1976. It was later gifted to the United States for causing the country to drop bombs. Yamaki said the gift was a ‘gift of peace’. The Bonsai Museum is a symbol of peace between the United States and Japan.