The Incredible Bonsai Plant


 

If you are familiar with the traditional Bonsai tree, you already know how amazing they are. But the one show above is particularly amazing.

This tree is a Japanese White Pine bonsai, and was planted in 1625, making it 388 years old. For its age, it’s in fine condition, especially considering it survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6th, 1945. It is one of the few living things that survived ground zero.

According to the National Bonsai Foundation,

 

On the morning of August 6, 1945, all the Yamaki family members were inside their home. The bomb exploded about three kilometers (less than two miles) from the family compound. The blast blew out all the glass windows in the home, and each member of the family was cut from the flying glass fragments. Miraculously, none of them suffered any permanent injury.

The great old Japanese white pine and a large number of other bonsai were sitting on benches in the garden. Amazingly, none of these bonsai were harmed by the blast either, as the nursery was protected by a tall wall. The bonsai originally came from Miyajima Island which is just south of Hiroshima. Japanese white pine bonsai from Miyajima are considered very valuable because they are so rare.

 

(via Neatorama)

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