Christmas tree survives war, A-bomb

From Yahoo News…

Warren Nobuaki Iwatake and his wife, Emiko, puts the final touches on a Christmas tree in his house in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 7, 2007. 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, and then war broke out. Iwatake was drafted and sent to the tiny island of Chichijima, where he witnessed some of the most brutal acts of war. His relatives, meanwhile, chose to live in Hiroshima. He lost a brother when the bomb fell. 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.

Article: Christmas tree survives war, A-bomb

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