"Survival is triumph enough." ― Harry Crews
This Japanese white pine can be seen at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum at the United States National Arboretum. In 1976, as a Bicentennial gift, it was donated to the American people by bonsai master Masaru Yamaki. It has been in training since 1625, so it is close to, if not more than, 400 years old, and among other things, it survived the bombing of Hiroshima. Hence, it is sometimes called the Hiroshima Survivor. According to the National Bonsai Foundation:
On the morning of August 6, 1945, all the Yamaki family members were inside their home. The bomb exploded about three kilometers (less than two miles) from the family compound. The blast blew out all the glass windows in the home, and each member of the family was cut from the flying glass fragments. Miraculously, none of them suffered any permanent injury.
The great old Japanese white pine and a large number of other bonsai were sitting on benches in the garden. Amazingly, none of these bonsai were harmed by the blast either, as the nursery was protected by a tall wall. The bonsai originally came from Miyajima Island which is just south of Hiroshima. Japanese white pine bonsai from Miyajima are considered very valuable because they are so rare.
For more information about this remarkable tree, check out this video.
No matter how long I live, I will never develop a tree this awesome.