Atomic Bomb and Plants
The atomic bomb left deep scars on both humans and nature.
The damage to this nature shows us just how destructive the damage from the atomic bomb was.
Lives were saved by trees that blocked the blast wind. Lives were lost as trees fell. Atomic bomb survivors gathered under the trees to escape the summer heat.
The memories of that day still remain with these trees.
“My father was working at in a classroom in the Nagasaki Medical University Pathology Department. I went searching for him with my mother, but we never found him. I still remember that horrific sight.”
Drawing by: Atomic Bomb Survivor
Ray of Hope from the Trees
The great camphor trees of Sanno Shinto Shrine are estimated be 400 to 500 years old. The blast wind of the bomb blew away all of their branches, cleaving their charred trunks. Although these trees looked as if they would never grow again, new buds began to sprout a few months later. The sight of these trees regaining their former strength gave Nagasaki’s citizens the strength to work towards recovery.
Distance from Hypocenter: 0.8km South-Southeast
Present Day Camphor Trees
30 trees survived the atomic bomb. The scars on these trees depict the tragic consequences of the use of nuclear weapons and show us the power of nature to overcome disaster.
Curator — Shotaro Okuno
Curator — Ayano Matsuo