Friday, August 7, 2015
The Witness Tree
No one knew at the time that it was something of a barbed gift: the tree survived the Hiroshima bombing. Nobody in America knew this until the grandsons of the bonsai master Masaru Yamaki, who donated the trees, came to America in 2001. They revealed to the tree's American keepers that when the bomb went off the Yamaki family and their trees were in a house just two miles away; the tree survived unscathed because it was in a walled garden, against the wall closest to the blast. Master Yamaki is dead, so nobody can ask him about his intentions in making the gift, but I think we can guess.