Bonsai that mysterious tree that has intrigued and inspired many great artists has been around for many centuries.

One great example is a famous tree known as the  ‘Hiroshima Survivor’, a 400 year old Japanese White Pine (Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’) that survived the bombing of Hiroshima by the infamous bomber ‘Enola Gay’ in 1945.

Ironically in 1976 the tree was donated to the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum, as a gift to celebrate the American Bicentennial. The tree was presented by the Japanese Bonsai master Masaru Yamaki.

Image copyright by Ragesoss [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

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