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The “miracle pine” that survived the monster quake and tsunami on March 11 was decorated and illuminated on a snowy Saturday evening as volunteers and residents tried to bring some Christmas cheer to the disaster-stricken area.

The tree is the sole survivor of a group of 70,000 pines that stood on the coastline of Rikuzentakata before the tsunami. The tree’s survival in the face of devastation turned it into a symbol of hope.

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