The first group of trees arrived in Washington early in 1910. They were inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found to be infested with “several kinds of pests, big bugs, little bugs, and fungi, some of them unknown to this country and therefore extremely dangerous.”
The trees had to be burned, and, to avoid a diplomatic incident, regrets were sent to the Japanese people.
Spider Nest: An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders have climbed into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders webs. People in this part of Sindh report that there are now less mosquitos than they would normally expect. (Russell Watkins/Department for International Development)