Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Planting a Hibaku Tree in Argentina" featured in The Volta issue about 70th anniversary of the Atomic Bombing: "EVENING WILL COME"

an online poetry, text magazine, The Volta, Issue 56 | August 2015, honoring the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

compiled and edited by 
Brandon Shimoda

contributed by 
...many more
and myself

日系2世のブランドンのブランドン下田氏が手がける詩と文のオンライン雑誌 The Volta, Issue 56 | August 2015は、広島長崎被曝70周年に捧げる号となっております。


My piece is of a collection of email communications between Alberto Gesualdi, Julio Berman and myself for Alberto to acquire a Hibaku seedling in Argentina, "Planting a Hibaku Tree in Argentina." (featuring Christian Holstad)

The photograph above, Christian with Keloidal Scars, was taken by Shōmei Tōmatsu (1930-2012) in Nagasaki, 1961. Photo Credit: Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY.

Vancouver, Canada: Steve Osmond's Hibaku seedling update and his trip to Hiroshima

Hi Hiroshi,

Thanks for your recommendations re; Hiroshima :)

I think I saw my little guys papa while I was there. What a truly magical and special place, I will go back again, next time for a longer period of time. I really, really loved it there!

I also went to Miya-Jima (Miya Island), I will go back there as well, during the evening when all of the tours have left.

Peace, Steve.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Tree Lesson in Resilience - Majulah Singapura: Corrie Tan's Camphor now adopted and planted on the ground at the Singapore Polytechnic

A Tree Lesson in Resilience

This Camphor sapling is grown from the seed of a Hibaku Jumoku: the trees that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. Scientists from the Manhattan Project had predicted that ‘Hiroshima will be barren of life and nothing will grow for 75 years’.  But in the spring of 1946, new shoots sprang up amongst the debris of the city. This surge of life gave hope to survivors of the atomic bomb and now provides us with a powerful reminder of the resilience of life.

Germinated in the backyard of:
 Mr Tan Yew Meng in Oct 2013 
Transplanted to CASS grounds on 3 Jun 2015

Majulah Singapura: Siglap secondary school adopting 2 year old Marianne Pereira's camphor

Hi Hiroshi, the Botanical Gardens has got back to me and put me in touch with a environmentalist, grant Pereira who is doing a lot of good work in South East Asia. He is adopting my hibaku and planting it in a garden that is frequented by college students. Am pleased as the word will spread about the hibaku and it's resilient nature. I will take a photographe and send it to you before the hibaku leaves my corridor. I Am relieved that my hibaku will find mother earth finally as i know it was suffering in the small earthen pot.

Marianne Pereira

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

christina abramowski's Ginkgo Photos from Apr 24, 2015

Hi Hiroshi!!!

Here are two pictures I took today! This first tree has been under a grow light! It was just a stem for over 1 1/2 years!!!!! Now it is BEAUTIFUL!
So now you can tell people that, yes! the gingko trees are deciduous and lose their leaves every fall.......only to come back in the spring with enough light!
This second tree you sent me a seed last year that was sprouted and it grew about 4 leaves and in the fall all the leaves fell off. But today you can see that it is sprouting in just natural daylight! Both trees are in the same window, but the first is under the grow light! I am sooooo excited and wanted you to see my trees!
Love. Peace. Gratitude. Kindness.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Michio Horikawa's Hibaku Ginkgo growing well!

本日は憲法記念日です。我が家の庭に植えられているNY在住の砂入博史さんのTree Projectの広島被爆柿の木の子孫です。種をいただいて芽を出したのは2009の7月です。鉢から庭に根付かせて3年目です。瑞々しい葉を見せています。大きく育ってほしいです。

Michio Horikawa