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April 30, 2009

384 year old tree

Today I came across a timeless Japanese White Pine tree in training since 1625. Yes, that’s right since 1625, I googled immediately to get more information about this remarkable tree.  I found this tree while shooting a fabulous couple at the US National Arboretum in Washington, DC.
This tree was donated by a bonsai master, Masaru Yamaki of Hiroshima in 1976 as is a part of Japan’s bicentennial gift to the US.  According to the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, this tree is about 375 years old.

I just want to share this with everyone.  Research the Art of Tree Training.

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Pinus parviflora ‘Miyajima’ (Japanese White Pine)

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  • I stumbled across your website via mine through google ads and your jobs are truely amazing, am shocked you are not on everyone’s lips back here in Nigeria. They are simply breath taking.I have a background in It, actually work full time as Head of It for a big media group in Nigeria but shoot weddings on the weekend, i draw my inspirations from many of the big players and would be more than honoured to add your name to this truly awed list.
    You are an amazing photographer.
    PS: what do you shoot with?

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  • As amazing as its age, the Yamaki Pine is a survivor of the atomic blast in Hiroshima in August 1945. It sat behind a concrete wall only 3 km distant from the epicenter of the blast. The tree’s owner Masuru Yamaki donated the bonsai to the American people for our Bicentennial in 1976. His family had cared for the tree for 5 generations! You can see the full story & old photos, here:http://www.bonsai-nbf.org/site/japanese2.html

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  • Large trunk, almost a flat canopy…what an inspiration…simple yet perfect and powerful in its simplicity.One of the pillar of Bonsai excellence.This tree became a symbol of peace for humans in some competition or something like that). I thought Naka did it but learned here that Masaru was the creator. It will be my inspiration for an old elm growing in the ground now with a hollow 10″ dia trunk. To be shown at the chicago bonsai meeting in August of 2014.

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