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February 25 2013

A-Bombed willow tree - via A Japan Photo per Day -

A-bombed willow tree, Hiroshima Castle, Hiroshima

The over 50 trees that survived to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, are known as the hibaku jumoku and are located in an area between a hundred meters and over 2 kilometers from the atomic explosion’s epicenter.

Not far from the giant Eucalyptus which is 740 meters away from the epicenter, near the Main Gate of the Hiroshima Castle, after another 30 meters there’s a willow (”salix chaenomeloides“, maruba-yanagi in Japanese) whose trunk was broken by the explosion. But after a while, a few buds appeared and since great care was taken to ensure its survival, a new crown grew and, as you can see from the photo, the tree looks green and healthy.

Reposted bycygenb0ckAndi

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