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Pine that survived tsunami to be preserved in Japan

A lone pine tree that stood as a symbol of hope in Japan, after surviving the huge tsunami that swept away a forest of 70,000, was being cut down on Wednesday in a bid to preserve it.

The tree, which came to be known as the ‘miracle pine’, will be sliced into pieces and treated before being put back together, in a process expected to cost about USD 1.9 million.

A ritual reflecting the beliefs of Shintoism, Japan's animistic native religion, was carried out on the pine before the delicate process began on the shore at Rikuzentakata, a city badly hit by the March 2011 disaster.
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