The Revive Time Kaki Tree Project (2013)
At 11:01 on August 9th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese port of Nagasaki. 48 seconds later the bomb detonated, 500 meters above the city. From the devastation that followed, a kaki tree - a Japanese persimmon tree - survived. Fifty years later, in 1995, artist Tatsuo Miyajima conceived the idea of the "Revive time Kaki Tree Project," inspired by the work of tree doctor Masayuki Ebinuma. Mr. Ebinuma had successfully raised saplings from the ill and bombed tree, and given them to children to look after. This symbol of peace and resilience grew into the idea of the Revive Time project, in which saplings are sent to special gardens around the world. Children help to plant and celebrate the meaning of peace embodied in these trees.
Wennington School Old Scholars have been coming to P.E.T.T. since the late 1990s, with residential "Archive Weekends" since 2002. One old Wenningtonian is artist Jonathan Adamson. Having come to P.E.T.T. over many years, and having become involved in the Revive Time Project and helping trees to be planted elsewhere, he felt that the Planned Environment Therapy Trust gardens would be an ideal place for a tree. The Revive Time Project in Japan agreed, and in 2013 Jonathan put a Revive Time kaki tree sapling into his backpack, got on a train in Yorkshire, and brought it down to Gloucestershire.
In the meantime, the students in Class 2 of Willersey C of E Primary School were thinking about the tree. They made paintings and wrote poems. On a drizzly May 15th they helped to dig the hole, and fill the dirt in around the root boll of the little tree. They said prayers at the Henderson Hospital peace pole, and then danced and sang in the large meeting room. Wennington Old Scholar Ernie Thomas brought his fairground organ, and every child who wished to had a chance to turn the handle. There is more information at the links below.
A book was made from the children's poems and paintings, and a digital story was made of the paintings, with the children reading their poems. The link to that is below as well.
And click on the arrow below for the Audio Video Gallery of the Children's paintings and poems
© Ewan Anderson
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