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By Erin Tierney
The Chronicle 

Cities to plant Hiroshima 'peace tree'

 

January 30, 2020

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Ginko leaves.

CRESWELL - The Japanese have a word for a tree that survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945: hibakujumoku.

Each fall since 2011, a group of volunteers gather under a 300-year-old A-bomb survivor gingko tree and collect its seeds. The group, Green Legacy Hiroshima (GLH) Initiative, comb forest floors in the nuclear blast zone for the surviving seeds of the resilient ginkgos, persimmons, camphors and camellias.

To them, survivor trees symbolize both caution and hope; a reminder of the human consequences of nuclear weapons, the sacred character of mankind, the resilienc...



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