A Christmas Tree Survives Hiroshima

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A Christmas Tree Survives Hiroshima
TOKYO (Dec. 22) - Warren Nobuaki Iwatake's family has seen more than its share of calamity.

When he was still a child his father was lost at sea off Hawaii. With no breadwinner, his family was forced to move to Japan, where Iwatake was drafted during the war. He lost a brother when the bomb fell on Hiroshima.


But through it all one thing has remained constant.

The tree..............




His parents bought it in 1937, and his family has brought it out every Christmas since, without fail, even when that meant risking arrest.

"This tree was a shining light, because it was a symbol of unity in my family," Iwatake said as he and his wife put the final touches on the frail, 3-foot-tall heirloom that is, once again this year, the centerpiece of their small, neatly kept apartment in Tokyo.

"We have put this tree up every year for 70 years."
But Hiroshima was even worse.

"Everything was bad, nothing was left," he said. "I couldn't even think of the joys of what I experienced in Hawaii."

Iwatake's younger brother Takashi had been in the center of the city attending school. His body, like their father's, was never found.

The Iwatake home was in the eastern part of the city, behind a small hill that provided a buffer from the blast. The front end was crushed and burned, but the back stood largely intact.

And that was where the tree was.
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A Little long.
 

LiddyRules

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It sounds sweet but this is the tree

 
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dammit.

That bomb shoulda never made it through qa
 

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Kinda strange since it was made of metal and plastic
Did plastic even exist in 1937? Wouldn't it have been something like Bakelite or some kind of celluloid?
 

LiddyRules

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Kinda strange since it was made of metal and plastic
Do you really want to question the science between radioactive monsters?