Experience is loading...
WHAT MEMORIES ARE HELD WITHIN THE RINGS OF A TREE?
Play Video
Virtual Reality

The Atomic Tree

Length: 10 min.
Age Level: 12+
Create your library

Sign up or log in to save your favorite stories and lessons, create custom collections, and share with others.

This virtual reality/360 film takes you on an immersive journey into the memories of one of the most revered trees in the world—a 400-year-old Japanese White Pine bonsai that witnessed, and survived, the atomic blast in Hiroshima.

From Japan’s ancient cedar forests and Buddhist temples to the family home in Hiroshima where the pine was nurtured for five generations, The Atomic Tree explores the unbroken chain of living stories held within the rings of this tree. The delicate shape of this bonsai contains sacred forests, human family, and deep time, inviting us to reflect on the living strands of kinship that are woven between human and non-human worlds.

How to Watch

vr--desktop
Desktop 360°

For the best experience, turn on your volume and make the video full screen. Next hit play and then click and drag on the video to explore and play with your point of view.

vr--mobile
Mobile & Tablet 360°

Watch via the following apps: YouTube or Within. Download one of these apps from the Apple or Android app stores and search for the title of the film. You can then view the film in 360 directly on your phone or tablet.

vr--headset
Virtual Reality

The virtual reality experience must be viewed through an app on a mobile device. You can watch via the following apps: YouTube or Within. Download one of these apps from the Apple or Android app stores and search for the title of the film. For best results, use a headset, like Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, or the Oculus Go.

More to Explore

Film
Jim Enote
Counter Mapping

A traditional Zuni elder in New Mexico works with artists to create maps based on ceremony, song, and connection to the land.

Create your library

Sign up or log in to save your favorite stories and lessons, create custom collections, and share with others.

Film
People walking through forest
Tolowa Dee-ni'

The sole fluent speaker of Tolowa Dee-ni’ in California works with his family to overcome generations of trauma and to preserve their language and traditions.

Create your library

Sign up or log in to save your favorite stories and lessons, create custom collections, and share with others.

Photo Essay
Broken Screen

These photos document the lives of the sightless and visually impaired in New York.

Create your library

Sign up or log in to save your favorite stories and lessons, create custom collections, and share with others.

Watch Anytime, Anywhere

Watch our films on your phone, tablet, or connected TV.