Gifted as a symbol of friendship by the bonsai master, Masaru Yamaki, the legendary bonsai tree is currently located in the US National Arboretum in Washington, D.C and has been since 1976. Little did the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum realise that this tree held a legendary secret.Now living in Washington, D.C., this bonsai tree outlasted the atomic blast. In August 1945, the Hiroshima bomb was dropped killing 140,000 people, leaving the devastating effects of war behind and detrimental damage to Hiroshima. Less than two miles away, Yamaki and his family were at home inside and sitting just outside their house in a walled nursery sat the bonsai tree. Yamaki’s family luckily survived the blast with only minor injuries from fragments of glass. The bonsai tree stood unharmed and remained strong.
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