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