If the trees could talk this bonsai could tell us a lot of things. It was planted in 1625, so in his nearly 400 years of life he will have ‘seen’ many things. He is currently in the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC, to which he was donated in 1976 by master of bonsai art Masaru Yamaki. The Arboretum did not imagine the special secret that kept this unique bonsai.
The Yamaki family had lived only two miles from the site where US forces launched the Hiroshima atomic bomb in 1945. This terrible event killed 140,000 people and left the city virtually destroyed, but against all odds, Yamaki’s family and the Bonsai, which at the time of the explosion were inside his house, were miraculously unharmed. Yamaki later donated the tree to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum without even revealing that he had survived the atomic bombing of Hirosima.
It was not until 2001, when Yamaki’s grandchildren paid a visit to the Museum, when the exceptional thing about bonsai was learned, but this extraordinary story was not made public immediately, it was simply said that the bonsai donation was a sign of friendship between The two nations, Japan and the United States, but recently the extraordinary history of the tree has been made public, as we can see on its website.
Definitely a living piece of History of humanity.