Monday, 11 January 2016

Kew artist Masumi Yamanaka marks tsunami anniversary

Back in March, botanical artist Masumi Yamanaka presented her stunning new painting of Japan's 'Mircle Pine' to the Japanese ambassador to the UK in commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that hit Japan on 11th March 2011. 

Since the 2011 tsunami, this particular pine tree has become an important cultural symbol after it was the only tree left standing from the original 70,000 trees around the town of Rikuzentakata which had been planted 170 years ago as a natural defense against tsanamis. 

The current news is that you will be able to view this beautiful painting this autumn at the Embassy of Japan in London which is also hosting part of the Flora Japonica art exhibition.

Paul Little, RBG, Kew

Masumi's original painting of the Miracle Pine will eventually find its way to a memorial museum in Rikuzentakata where it will be permanently on exhibition.


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