Tribute to Bonsai Master Masaru Yamaki

This 390-year-old tree survived the bombing of Hiroshima

In 1976, bonsai master Masaru Yamaki donated a small white pine bonsai tree to the United States National Arboretum in Washington D.C. as one of 53 bonsais given by the Nippon Bonsai Association to the U.S. for its bicentennial celebration.For 25 years the tree sat by the entrance of the arboretum’s National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, hardly gathering any notice. But like so many things we pass by without knowing anything about, this tree has a history … and a really remarkable one at that. Read more.