Trees, Arts and Science

Green Hope After Black Rain (Symphony for the Survivors of Manzanar, Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

A mini documentary on composer Steve Heitzeg's Green Hope After Black Rain which had had its world premiere at the Saint Paul Civic Symphony, the Sister Orchestra of the Nagasaki Symphony Orchestra, was recently released.

Tree Scientists from San Diego Botanic Garden, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Huntington Botanical Gardens, the Denver Botanic Garden Come to Hiroshima

In early November 2022, GLH had the pleasure of hosting plant scientists and botanic garden experts from renowned institutions in the United States, who visited Hiroshima to observe and study the Hibakujumoku firsthand. The delegation included Ari Novy from the San Diego Botanic Garden (and a member of the GLH Committee), Todd Michael and Wolfgang Busch from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Nicole Cavender from the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and Philip Douglas from the Denver Botanic Gardens.

"The Trees That Survived Hiroshima": NYT article on hibakujumoku descendants in Oregon

Will Matsuda is a Japanese American photographer based in Portland, Oregon. His grandmother was living in Hawaii in 1945 when she lost most of her family in Hiroshima to the atomic bomb. Matsuda recently wrote a New York Times Op-ed about finding an unlikely connection in Oregon to his family history: hibakujumoku Ginkgo trees planted by GLH partner Hideko Tamura Snider as part of the Sunny Day Initiative. Matsuda has created a photography collection on these Gingkoes.

Eden Magazine: Article on Gingko Hibakujumokus

The hibakujumoku were recently featured in Eden Magazine, a Belgian nature and gardening magazine. Author Marie-Noëlle Cruysmans, touched by the message and power of Hiroshima’s survivor trees, wrote about their story.

Article published in the Spring-Summer issue of Eden Magazine nr. 76 – Dutch version and nr. 74 – French version, with a circulation in the Benelux and France of 75.000 copies –

Exhibition at Harvard Graduate School of Design Starring Hibakujumoku: "Front Door: Dialogue for Our Future on Planet Earth"

From April 12th through April 15th, 2023, the Harvard Graduate School of Design held a symposium and exhibition called “Front Door: Dialogue for Our Future on Planet Earth” aimed at raising awareness of environmental challenges and advocating for a future both peaceful and sustainable.

Visit By Philip Clemo to Hiroshima to Film Survivor Trees

In September, British filmmaker Philip Clemo visited Hiroshima to film survivor trees. He also assisted and filmed a seed picking at the Shukkeien garden with GLH’s Nassrine Azimi and master gardener Chikara Horiguchi.

Greening Atomic Bomb Survivor Trees: Ecological Literacy and ENGOs as LIASE Institutional Partners | ASIANetwork Exchange A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts

This article about Oberlin College’s collaboration with Green Legacy Hiroshima was written by Prof. Ann Sherif from Oberlin College in 2019. August 2022

"Green Hope After Black Rain (Symphony for the Survivors of Manzanar, Hiroshima and Nagasaki)"

The American composer Steve Heitzeg has created a musical piece on the Survivors of Manzanar, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which will have its world premier on May 8th, 2022.

ASH, EMBER, FLAME: a Japanese Kiln in Oxford

Amanda Chambers (RWA, MRSS) British Fine Artist was recently invited to produce work for a group exhibition in London at the Japanese Embassy. The exhibition entitled ‘Ash, Ember, Flame’ was a collaboration between the Oxford University Anagama Project and the Embassy of Japan in London. May 2022


Eight A-bomb Haiku by David Krieger, July 2020

In search of Hiroshima's 'Survivor Trees'

British Artist Amanda Chambers traveled to Hiroshima to search for the trees that survived the Atomic-Bomb in 1945 – The Hibaku-Jumoku or Survivor Trees.

She was particularly inspired by the strength of nature in the face of man-made destruction, and how today, the trees offer humanity both a silent warning and a symbol of peace. October 2018

'Ode to Green Legacy Hiroshima'

Ms. Jan Costa wrote a moving poem for GLH titled ‘Ode to Green Legacy Hiroshima.’