When a massive earthquake struck Japan on March 11, triggering a tsunami, the city of Rikuzentakata's famous pine trees were wiped away — except for this one. Now it is a symbol of hope for a devastated nation.
April 1, 2011 In Rikuzentakata, which was wiped way by the March 11 tsunami, a lone pine tree stands tall. Many Japanese people see hope in its resilience. The Japanese media have dubbed it "the tree of hope" and the stories have prompted people to drive through the apocalyptic scene to take pictures of the pine.
March 24, 2011 NPR photographer David Gilkey spent the day photographing the city of Rikuzentakata — or what remains of it.
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