Hibaku Jumoku: Artist Statement

Hibaku Jimoku/A-bombed Trees

As more and more of the hibakusha – literally, “explosion-affected people” – of Hiroshima and Nagasaki pass on, silent witnesses hold vigil here and there throughout both cities: the Hibaku Jumoku. These trees returned from blackened stumps left in the wake of the nuclear holocausts. Tagged and lovingly tended and supported, each is inscribed as an “A-bombed tree,” and labeled with its common name and its distance from the hypocenter.

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