This 1,000-Year-old Cherry Tree in Japan is a Role Model for Resilience During Trying Times

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Whether it’s climate change or the novel coronavirus pandemic—it can be hard to stay hopeful for the future during such turbulent times. However, this ancient cherry tree in Japan serves as an awe-inspiring example of resilience in the face of adversity. The 1,000-year-old Takizakura—also known as the “waterfall cherry tree”—in Miharu, Fukushima usually attracts thousands of tourists and travelers from all over the world; but since the COVID-19 outbreaks forced Japan into a state of emergency, only a few visitors stopped by to see its blossoms last week.