. 。・☆ 友好の木 ハナミズキイニシアチブ ☆・。 . Friendship Blossoms – Dogwood Initiative

2015.05.11 (Mon)






On April 28th, Yurihama hosted a commemorative tree-planting ceremony at Tōgō Hawai Seaside Park as part of the US-Japan Friendship Blossoms Dogwood Initiative. This initiative is a project by a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the US-Japan Bridging Foundation to plant 3,000 dogwood trees across Japan over the course of 3 years (starting in 2012) in commemoration of the gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees gifted to the U.S. in 1912. The dogwood trees planted through this historic initiative will serve as a symbol of the lasting and strong friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

Attendees included the Consul for Public Affairs and Director of the Kansai American Center at the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe Mr. Keith Lommel, Governor Hirai, Mayor Miyawaki, members of the Yurihama Town Council, as well as members of the local community. With beautiful weather and a festive atmosphere, there was an adorable taiko performance by Yurihama Elementary School’s taiko group and a dance to “Ku`u Hoaloha (My Friend)” by Yurihama High School’s hula dance club as opening entertainment for the event. Accompanied by Yurihama’s celestial maiden character, Yuririn, kindergartener’s from Hawai Kodomo-en Kindergarten also gave a celebratory hula dance performance prior to the tree-planting.

Through efforts including exchanges between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the junior high school student homestay program with Yurihama’s sister-city of Hawaii County (Hawaii), as well as its annual Hawaiian Festival, Yurihama has continually actively strived to promote international exchange and understanding. Considering such efforts, Yurihama was selected to receive 67 dogwood trees. The trees were planted in 5 locations around the perimeter of Lake Tōgō and are meant to be enjoyed by all, so I hope that everyone who walking by the lake or playing at the parks will enjoy the future blossoms of this symbol of friendship.

Please see the US-Japan Bridging Foundation site’s website for more information on this wonderful initiative. [http://www.bridgingfoundation.org/friendship-blossom-project]


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