Here's finally a couple of pictures!
It's me and my sons, with the seedlings in our garden in Skjetten, Norway.
4 Gingko and 3 enoki!
Question: I sometimes get questions about radiation and mutation in the seedlings. What should I answer?
Hi, Per Arne,
To answer, I quote from tree Dr. Horiguchi who take care of Hibaku trees in Hiroshima and is from my documentary, "Tree Project Film"
There are traces of radiations
in annual rings of these trees.
According to some scientists,
for about 3 years
after the A-bomb in 1945 till 1948
these trees had grown
larger than usual.
After those 3 years,
annual rings of the trees
and their growth toned down.
since enormous damages
were done to the trees externally,
to protect themselves
the trees poured their energy
to grow stronger for three years,
mending and healing themselves.
After 3 years,
the energy poured into
growing stronger lessened
then, the annual ringsgot slimmer.
I am not sure about mutation ever happened. You have to think about it, it's already more than 60 some years and the designated Hibaku trees have no mutation, except for burns that healed from the explosion and fire of the Atom Bombs. To go beyond, as I was born in Hiroshima in 1972 and everyone else who lived in Hiroshima as healthy as anybody else in other parts of the world, you have to think these trees that survived the Atom Bomb must have survived the radiation...
These seeds are more of the symbol of history because they are just like any trees that didn't experience A-bombs because these Hibaku trees are healthy and kept giving seeds ever since 1945.