This week marks the opening of Japan’s “miracle” pine tree monument. After the 2011 tsunami destroyed all but one tree in a large forest along the coast of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture, a massive sculpture molded to look like the tree has been erected in honor of its memory. The 88-foot pine survived for 18 months before dying due to the high saline content in the soil and was cut down for long-term preservation. The replica now stands in its place.
Article by: Hannah Ferris