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. John Burnett/NPR hide caption toggle caption John Burnett/NPR The Two-Way 'Tree Of Hope' Stands As Poignant Symbol In Japan 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.