Lone Pine Tree – Challenge and Reconstruction   15 comments


Lone Pine Tree – Symbol of Hope in Japan Tsunami City


japan-tsunami-lone-pine-lgThis lone Pine tree on the shore of the Tsunami is a symbol of hope and defiance for the people who have lost everything, encouraging survivors and healing the broken hearts of those who have lost loved ones.

With birds flying high above it, this 10 metre high tree is the only one left standing. It is one lone tree out of a 70,000 tree forest of black and red Pine trees that have for 300+ years protected the city of Rikuzentakata, 400 km (250 miles) north of Tokyo, from the ocean winds.




10% of the city’s population is dead or missing and the city in ruins. The renowned beach, with its stunning golden sands, listed in guide books as “one of the 100 most scenic places in Japan,” drawing about 200,000 visitors yearly, is completely gone.

Known locally as the “Pine of Hope” it is a symbol of restoration. It is one of the few land-marks tha554000004447301t remain where the devastated city of Rikuzentakata once stood.

The Pine is tall and strong despite that it is oozing resin from a scar on its trunk where the lower branches were ripped out by powerful waves. Far above at the distant peak of the tree, a riot of fresh green pine needles can be seen to be growing healthily.



Pine-Tree-Japanese-GardenThe forest of black and red Pine trees dates back to the 17th century when a wealthy business merchant created a windbreaker to protect the city’s people from the storms, with the trees he planted.


The Lone Pine Tree, is the only Tsunami survivior of this great forest- Rikuzentakata’s Symbol of Hope in a Broken City.


15 responses to “Lone Pine Tree – Challenge and Reconstruction

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  1. It is really sad how nature has taken away this beautiful landscape, and dealt such a heavy blow to the people of Japan, when one considers how lovely and picturesque the city of Rikuzentakata once was, it is really hard to imagine where they can go from here. This lonesome pine tree which is the representation of hope stands proud, and all around is chaos unleashed upon it by the devastating strength of the Tsunami, and one can only hope that in the future something good can be salvaged from this most terrible event. Thank you for sharing this one with us Icywolfy of the Icy Realm and do have a very nice start to your week 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

  2. Yes indeed Wolfie a symbol of hope.. Nature will destroy but within its destruction comes renewal.. The face of Mother Earth is indeed changing with many more catastrophes to come.. And Man will be in awe of Natures Power.. But I have seen that throughout all of time Nature will always endeavour to find her balance once again.. It is Man unfortunately that often comes along to upset that balance.. Maybe in her own way.. nature is now making Mankind sit up and listen to her voice..

    I listened to the mighty wind last night and this morning as it howled throughout the rafters shaking the trees and she screamed to be heard.. let us all HOPE that Man will learn to respect the power of nature and to understand that we are all part of that balance… and Im reminded of the ants nest as the rivers flood and all the small creatures whose habitat is affected with heavy rains.. We are no different… except that we think we are Greater…. Nature shows us we are but like the Ants… and can be washed away in an instant..

    Loved the Topic of the Blog Wolfie x

  3. What an amazing vision of Hope, Wolfie. I had not known of this ancient forest…nor this Lone Pine Tree. There is great strength in this one, standing there broken but looking strong. I am speechless and glad you brought this one back. I didn’t get a notification on it, so I am glad I stopped by. A post of Hope and bless the Japanese for a strong renewal. They are such gentle people, I adore them.
    warm feathery,

  4. Thank you for your great and interesting variety of views on this Symbol of Hope in Japan’s Tsunami City…my personal feelings, to quote our lovely feathery friend Raven – who speaks so often and eloquently after my own heart 🙂 are that this is “an amazing vision of Hope.” I posted (and reposted) it because I believe it gives HOPE. HOPE in a world of negativity. HOPE in a world where human kind is so frequently “getting it wrong” and all too often horribly so. But we should never lose sight of the unquenchable strength of the human spirit in times both of global and personal loss and tragedy. It’s ability to rise above the most dire and dread of circumstances and pull from them something new and fresh and wonderful. It’s ability to stir humankind to be more than it’s countless faults and failings and draw us together to rebuild lives, homes and countries,to heal emotional wounds in a way that only humans can. It’s ability to make something beautiful and amazing from the darkest circumstances…it’s ability to bring love and hope to a broken and hurting world. This Lone Pine Tree is a symbol of Hope not only to the Japanese people but to the whole world…where there is life there is hope…and whilst as humans we may have lost the way it is never too late to stand in the strength we have and make our world, our lives and our people new, alive and wonderful. The Lone Pine Tree…A Symbol of Hope for a Broken World.

    • Very nicely put Icywolfy of the Icy Realm and do have a most
      exquisite rest of evening and indeed a delightful Wednesday also 🙂

      Be Good Too 🙂 😉 lol

      Androgoth XXx

  5. Ja länge sedan dom talade om Japan nu på nyheter eller i tv men dom kämpar på för att få tillbaka ett normalt liv..
    Vi tänker allihop på dom..Kram Nicki

    • Ja Nicki … världen skulle vilja glömma Japan … eller åtminstone våra regeringar vill att vi ska! Men vi kommer inte att glömma! Som ni har sagt, kommer världen att tänka på dem!

      Där det finns liv finns det hopp. Det finns många utmaningar, men de kan övervinnas.
      Låt världen lära sig från Japan, och låt oss alla gå i den styrka vi har fått …
      Kram Wolfie:)

  6. there will have been so many big events on this earth where nature has won over man and there will be more to come as individuals we can work alone but in the end its everyone who needs to see the big picture xxjen

  7. Icywolfy are you adding your
    Guestbook back on here or what? 🙂 lol

    Have a great rest of day and a wicked
    evening with lashings of… Well whatever
    comes to mind first I guess? 🙂 lol

    Androgoth XXx

  8. I hope that your back will be improving
    very soon Icywolfy of the Icy Realm 🙂
    And that you will be back blogging and
    adding your Guestbook as soon as you
    are able to return here 🙂

    In the meantime get lots of reast and keep
    those Man-Slaves fetching and carrying all
    day and night too if you need anything 🙂 lol
    I meant in the sense of any bed baths as I
    am sure that there will be at least twenty
    Mr. Potuguese only too happy to help out 🙂

    Be good now and get well soon 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Thanks 🙂 Actually it’s more a case of stay upright and keep moving! Lying and sitting down are not to be recommended which is most unfortunate when one does need the occasional sleep 😉 Still back to work tomorrow so out with the damage limitation materials and off I will hobble to the work place! Have a ghoulish and wicked week 🙂

  9. Ja Wolfie..
    Vi får hoppas det inte är vår sista dag på jorden på länge än..
    Men vi hoppas vi slipper flera 9.11…Det är redan en gånh för mycket…
    Ha en härlig vecka min vän…Kram Nicki

    • Hej Nicki 🙂 Det är upp till var och en av oss att hitta sätt att “föra vår värld samman, radera gränser och förbättra livet för människor i hela världen.” Idag, imorgon, tio år från nu, kommer vi ihåg … Vi kommer inte att glömma 9 / 11 men vi måste också se till den potentiella ljusstyrkan för framtiden för vår värld med den optimism som vi kan var och en av oss “inspirera mänskligheten och lyfta våra tankar till den högre potential som vi kan.” om världen förenar sig med all dess mångfald vi kan möta de utmaningar som ligger framför oss … och övervinna. Vad som börjar med så lite som en individ kan sprida sig utåt till folket, förenar nationer, omfamna världen … att lägga grunden för en ljus ny framtid för människorna på Jorden.
      Kram Wolfie 🙂

  10. “Seven times down, eight times up,” is a popular Japanese expression for resilience after adversity. It is often symbolized by the round Daruma good-luck doll that bobs up after getting knocked down. On July 8—chosen for the date of 7/8—the Fukushima prefecture city of Koriyama held a Daruma festival to inspire the refugees from the surrounding area.

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