Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Jezamine Tan's Ginkgo update

Graciela Cassel's Ginkgo Update

Hi Hiroshi!
Today Ginkgo is coming inside and will share space with my orchids and malabar chestnut

Hope all is well with you!

Micho Horikawa's Persimmon Update


Monday, September 15, 2014

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Cindy W. del Rey's Camphor update

Hi Hiroshi,

Only half of my seedlings have survived but I feel like a proud mother, watching how much these have grown. My family does not refer to them as seedlings or plants, instead we call them trees. I really hope they grow into trees.

Thanks Hiroshi!


Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Chu Qiao's seedlings once they were healthy

I decided to plant these Hibaku seeds because of how the survivor trees bloomed the following Spring after the A-bombing. To me, it was a deeply moving testimony of life after death, resurrection hope after destruction. It is the power of Nature and life to push back death, in defiance of the prediction of scientists.

I am a womb twin survivor; and I remember keeping the seeds for months after it arrived. Waiting. Until the morning of my birthday and what would have also been hers, I planted the seeds into the womb of a single pot. I told myself it would be a sign to me - whether the seeds will overcome the odds and bloom.  

Miraculously, two seedlings popped up. Just like me and my twin. I re-potted and transplanted my seedlings into separate pots while they were a little bigger. Every day I watered them and blessed them to grow up well.

To me, the two plants are a living parable and re-enactment of the miracle of life and resurrection hope. There is always such a seed in all of us - waiting to burst forth.

May the present rewrite the past anew. I have seen the end from the beginning, and it has pulled me into the future.         

Rumi: The Eternal Idea
You may seem to be the microcosm;
In fact, you are the macrocosm.
The branch might seem like the fruit's origin:
In fact, the branch exists because of the fruit.
Would the gardener have planted the tree at all
Without a desire and hope for fruit?
That's why the tree is really born from the fruit
Even if it seems the fruit is created by the tree.
The idea which comes first comes last in realization—
Particularly that idea which is eternal.

Chu Qiao

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hibaku Ginkgo got adopted in NYC!

 This Ginkgo sprouted seed was cultivated over this summer of 2014.

Now Happily planted in a pot and adopted by Ryuichi Sakamoto!

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Katy Harris' Camphor Update

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Melissa Lim's Camphor update!

Hey Hiroshi!

Hope everything's going ace on your end! 

Here's a photo of the hibaku plants under our care (Kian Peng and Melissa). They're all faring pretty well and I'm surprised they're doing alright despite having only partial sunlight. I'd always thought camphor trees were sun-loving plants! 

One other thing which might not be very obvious in the photograph - most of the plants have little weeny branches and leaves sprouting very close to the soil. I'd initially wondered if they were weeds - but obviously not. I thought it was unusual to see tenacious little branches at the base.

Keep me posted if you get other seeds soon!

Warmest regards,

Friday, September 5, 2014

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Corrie Tan's Camphor Update

Look at how beautiful they are! They are about 11 months old. 

Corrie Tan

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Chizue and Ai Honda's Camphor update





Thursday, August 7, 2014

ting diao - Canada: Ginkgo from 4 years ago!

Hi Hiroshi-san,

I don't complain with the quality of the seeds you've sent, but only one sprouted out of four. That made one special. That a hibaku will always stand to survive. I am proud to own one and to this day, my gingko is growing healthy. It's been 3 exciting seasons that its leaves turned yellow and fell every late winters. I always see to it that somebody takes care of it when I went for long vacations, because one time it almost died. But then again, it stood to be a hibaku!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Hitomi Iwasaki: Sendan growing

Do you see?  It even has a baby at the bottom.  This is a second one.  I gave away the first one to one of our colleagues here to take home.  I am being a such a good mom. 

Hitomi Iwasaki

Mayo Yamaguchi: Ginkgo growing 我が家のギンコちゃん︎

My gingko tree “Peace chan” has been growing up day by day! 
Mayo Yamaguchi

Monday, July 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Graciela Cassel's Ginkgo sprout.....finally!

Hi Hiroshi!
I am so happy to be part of this project.
Finally the Ginkgo came out.
It is for peace, for hope for  the survivers and in
honor of the ones who are gone,


Monday, April 28, 2014

Sacramento in Georgetown, CA: Mr. Green Thumb, Zack Dowell's Hibaku Ginkgo and Jujube planting

A few days ago, I received in the mail another shipment of Hibaku seeds – two more ginkgo and twojujube – from my friend Hiroshi Sunairi, he of Tree Project Film fame.
In the package was a screener of Hiroshi’s film, and it is beautiful and thoughtful and has a gentle rhythm, and the skies and clouds of Hiroshima remind me of the skies in Miyakazi films, and many of the Hibaku Trees are camphor besides – recall that in Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuki and Mei move into the Japanese countryside, a giant camphor tree nearby being one of their father’s main reasons for choosing the house.

Majulah Singapura - Tree Project: Grant Preiera's Green Thumb.

This the last batch of seeds from botanical gardens more pics of grown ones in 2 days time cheers grant. This one ours about 3met...