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JRob

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Hiroshima Survivor
« on: August 03, 2010, 06:21 AM »
Good Morning All,

As the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima approaches I thought I'd post a picture of the Yamaki Japanese White Pine at the National Arboretum. The tree was donated by Masaru Yamaki in 1976 as a gift during our Bicentennial. The tree is over 375 years old and is the oldest bonsai in the collection. On that fateful day at 8:45 am all his family were in their home. Cut by flying glass they all survived, none with permanent injury. His nursery and private collection were protected by a high wall and this pine was sitting outside on the benches. Know for his Black Pines with extremely heavy trunks planted in very small pots, he also had one of the original cultivars of the very unusual Nishiki Japanese White Pines. I am grateful for his generous gift to the American people in light of the suffering he experienced. He was a remarkable man and a great bonsai artist.

JRob
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010, 06:24 AM »
Sorry about that, how about a larger pic of this magnificent tree.

JRob
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2010, 09:48 AM »
is that you in the photo?
 

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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2010, 12:24 PM »
Don,

It is. The photo was taken this about 4 weeks ago when Shimsuki, his mother and I visited the National Aboretum (my fourth visit in the last year and a half)  to see the Bonsai collection.

JRob
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 01:11 PM »
I always marvel at that tree when I'm at the National Arboretum.  I've also wondered whether the mushroom-like shape of the tree was the reason for why that tree was given as a gift.
 

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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2010, 01:35 PM »
If you look at erlier pics of the tree back in the 1970s and prior it had a different canopy shape. I would guess the current shape has evolved the to the "mushroom" over the last 34 years since it has been cared for at the National Arboretum.

JRob
 

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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2010, 01:37 PM »
I have a picture of the wife in front of the tree, much like this one, from our trip to DC a few years ago.

She's prettier.  :)
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2010, 06:34 PM »
Don,

It is. The photo was taken this about 4 weeks ago when Shimsuki, his mother and I visited the National Aboretum (my fourth visit in the last year and a half)  to see the Bonsai collection.

JRob

always good to put a face to a name.
 

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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2010, 07:20 AM »

30 members from our Bonsai Club visited the collections this past weekend, my first time there. The Yamaki Pine and friends were looking good.  I have always admired it from photos which can never do it justice. One of the other JWP, donated by Mr. Iwasaki, captured my heart too.
We also visited the Kennett Collection on the way to DC and Sean Smith on the way home. Great Bonsai Adventure!

Marc

PS. I am not sure it is the oldest in the collection, but certainly the one that has been trained the longest as a Bonsai.
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2010, 08:30 AM »
Marc, surely you took a picture or 12....?
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2010, 07:38 PM »
Flipped (virtually) through the photos from our May 2006 DC trip.  Here's the survivor and it's little sign at that time.
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2010, 06:16 PM »
... and video, unfortunately on Bosnian language.

Odgajanje bonsai stabala: Umjetnost koja živi
 

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2010, 08:17 PM »
Andrija,

Thanks so much for the post. It is great footage and even though I do not speak Bosnian it was great to watch. Thank you so much.

JRob
 

Marc

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Re: Hiroshima Survivor
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2010, 07:39 AM »
bwaynef,

As I was leaving the house to meet the bus, I got a call from one of our members whose back had flared up and decided that the bus trip would not be a good idea. I forgot to grab my camera. Fortunately one of my friends with a good eye and a good camera is going to provide me with a disc.

Jack Sustic and friends met us for dinner Saturday evening and Jack and Aaron (Asst. curator) gave us a tour of the Collections on Sunday.
They had also prepared a tokonoma display featuring a stunning Crepe Myrtle donated by Yuji Yoshimura which had been grown by his father! I hope to post a photo of it too. I returned to view it twice more during our visit.

Marc
 

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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2010, 04:12 AM »
Hi,

here's a link to the English version of that video (from a thread at the IBC):
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/400-Year-Old-Bonsai-Survived-Hiroshima-Bombing-99894094.html

Best regards,
Stefan