In Nagasaki, atomic bombed trees still survive.
In Nagasaki, 30 "hibakujumoku," or atomic bombed trees, still grow today, having survived the bomb's blast and heat.
The Nagasaki Kusunoki Project preserves and protects these hibakujumoku.
It is a project that, through encouraging greater awareness of it, conveys memories surrounding WWII and states facts about atomic bomb radiation so that it can pass down a message about life's resilience and hopes for peace to future generations.
Masaharu Fukuyama, a singer-songwriter and actor from Nagasaki, released "Kusunoki," a song about atomic bombed kusunoki, or camphor trees, in 2014.
Mr. Fukuyama donated the entirety of the monies that were raised through the song along with related live shows throughout Japan as well as through Kusunoki Donations to the official website (the donations were addressed to Amuse, his management agency) to the city of Nagasaki with the wish that the money be used for preservation of Sanno Shrine's atomic bombed camphor trees and other trees that survived the atomic bomb.
Spurred by this donation, the city of Nagasaki established the Kusunoki Foundation in December 2018 to further preservation and use of the trees that survived the atomic bomb.
Many trees that retain the scars of the atomic bomb still stand throughout Nagasaki, and these include the Giant Camphor Trees of Sanno Shrine, which symbolize the hopes for peace and the resilience of life. There are currently 30 trees that are subject to preservation within 4 kilometers of the blast center, including these 2 camphor trees. Of these, 21 are on privately owned land. The city of Nagasaki had paid for three-quarters of the maintenance costs before the foundation's establishment, but the owners have received monies from the Kusunoki Foundation since.
Donations through the Furusato Nozei, or Hometown Tax, were also added. The monies that were donated by many considerate people were directed not only at the preservation of these trees that survived the atomic bomb, but as of February 2019, have been used for a project that conveys these hibakujumoku as symbols of peace to Japan and the world.