JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Last additions - Adachi Ward's Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial 足立区:日米桜寄贈100周年記念式典
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My video of the Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial ceremony in Adachi Ward, Tokyo.Jan 21, 2013
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Tokyo Sky Tree in sight from Adachi Ward along the Arakawa River.Jan 21, 2013
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I love red and white flowers.Jan 21, 2013
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I love red and white flowers, Japanese symbol of felicitation. Jan 21, 2013
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Closeup of the tulips.Jan 21, 2013
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Tulips with cherry blossom design with "100" below it for the centennial of Adachi's sakura gift to Washington, DC.Jan 21, 2013
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On the right is a cherry blossom design with "100" below it for the centennial of Adachi's sakura gift to Washington, DC.Jan 21, 2013
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Tulips along the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. The Adachi Ward logo is on the left with "80" below it to mark the ward's 80th anniversary.Jan 21, 2013
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"America" tree tag.Jan 21, 2013
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"America" cherry trees, from saplings taken from the cherry trees in Washington, DC which originally came from Adachi Ward.Jan 21, 2013
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About the cherry trees given to the US and the dogwood from the US as a return gift.Jan 21, 2013
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"America" cherry trees (similar to Somei Yoshino) from America at the park. Already finished blooming. Jan 21, 2013
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This is a small vase with soil and flower seeds.Jan 21, 2013
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People who went to the slide show lectures received a small gift. Jan 21, 2013
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A goodwill group from Adachi Ward visited Washington, DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating the centennial.Jan 21, 2013
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Slide show lecture about the US-Japan cherry blossoms.Jan 21, 2013
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At this Koryu-kan hall in the park, they had an exhibition and slide show lectures.Jan 21, 2013
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At this Koryu Kaikan hall in the park, they had an exhibition and slide show lectures.Jan 21, 2013
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These cherry trees are from America. The park has 29 species of cherry blossoms. Most of them, like these Kanzan trees, bloom later than the Somei Yoshino trees.Jan 21, 2013
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Local taiko drummers also performed well after the ceremony. They were part of the Goshiki Sakura Festival.Jan 21, 2013
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Dogwood flower from a tree given by America as a return gift for the cherry trees in 1912. (ハナミズキ). Jan 21, 2013
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Dogwood tree sapling planted.Jan 21, 2013
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Dogwood tree sapling planted.Tokyo Adachi-ku Toshi Nogyo koen Park sakura cherry blossoms centennial flowers us-japanJan 21, 2013
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All done.Jan 21, 2013
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A dogwood sapling was also planted by the mayor and descendants of people who worked to replant cherry trees in Adachi.Jan 21, 2013
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Next they had dogwood tree planting. From a dogwood plant given by the US in return for the cherry blossoms in 1912.Jan 21, 2013
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Reagan Sakura sapling planted at Toshi Nogyo Koen Park in Adachi Ward, Tokyo.Jan 21, 2013
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A planting ceremony was held by the Adachi Ward woman mayor and other officials. This is a sapling from the Reagan Sakura tree.Jan 21, 2013
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Tree planting of a sapling from Reagan Sakura bythe Adachi Ward Mayor and others.Jan 21, 2013
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Tree planting of a sapling from Reagan Sakura.Jan 21, 2013
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Sapling from the Reagan Sakura ready to be planted.Jan 21, 2013
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Sapling from the Reagan Sakura ready to be planted. Click here to see the Reagan Sakura photos.Jan 21, 2013
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Jun'ichiro Chidani principal of Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School, an agricultural high school. He helped to raise the dogwood sapling that will be planted today.Jan 21, 2013
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Kijiro Kakuta (角田喜次郎), went to the US in Jan. 1981 to collect saplings from cherry trees which originally came from Adachi Ward. It was to mark Adachi Ward's 50th anniversary and the start of planting the "sato-kaeri" cherry treesJan 21, 2013
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Kit Pancoast Nagamura, the great-granddaughter of botanist David Fairchild who brought the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC.She also writes for The Japan Times.Jan 21, 2013
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Setsu Funatsu, wife of Kanematsu Funatsu, a sakura researcher and grandson of Seisaku Funatsu a Kohoku Village native who studied and helped to cultivate hardy cherry trees after the initial trees to Washington, DC was found to be infested with insects.Jan 21, 2013
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They introduced people or the descendants of people who worked to bring cherry blossoms to America and Adachi Ward. Tadao Shimizu. grandson of Kengo Shimizu who was the Kohoku Village mayor in 1886 when he proposed to line the Arakawa River with cherries.Tadao Shimizu. grandson of Kengo Shimizu who was the Kohoku Village mayor in 1886 when he proposed to line the Arakawa River with cherry blossoms. It eventually lined 6 km of over 3,000 cherry trees.Jan 21, 2013
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Shigeru Yoshioka, Chairman of the Adachi Ward Council. The MC also read a message from Bob Taft, former Governor of Ohio and great-grandson of President Taft.Jan 21, 2013
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"A sapling to mark the centennial of the cherry tree gift to the US will hereby be presented. On this day April 22, 2012, from Nihon Sakura Society Chairman Takahiro Yokomichi."Jan 21, 2013
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Takao Kurita of the Nihon Sakura Society presented letter to Adachi Mayor Kondo..."We will now have a presentation of a seedling sent from a cherry tree along the Potomac River in Washington, DC last year in March. It is being raised by the Nihon Sakura Society who will make the presentation. Since the seedling is still small, a letter of intent will be presented instead and the sapling will be planted in this park later when it is large enough."Jan 21, 2013
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Committee Chairman Makoto Suzuki (鈴木誠), professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture.Jan 21, 2013
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This ceremony was jointly held by the private Japan-US Sakura Exchange Centennial Event Committee and Adachi Ward. Committee Chairman Makoto Suzuki (鈴木誠) speaks. He is a professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture.Jan 21, 2013
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Adachi Ward Mayor Yayoi Kondo (近藤やよい). See my video for an English translation of her speech.Jan 21, 2013
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The Honorable Adachi Ward Mayor Yayoi Kondo (近藤やよい), organizer of this commemorative ceremony, said a few words. See my Youtube video below for an English translation.Jan 21, 2013
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A good crowd was present, including local dignitaries.Jan 21, 2013
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The ceremony started at 10:30 am with music by local school bands, followed by short speeches by local officials. There were no representatives from the US government.Jan 21, 2013
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The ceremony began at 10:30 am with music performed by local junior high school bands.Jan 21, 2013
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On April 22, 2012, Adachi Ward in Tokyo marked the centennial of its cherry tree gift to the US. The ceremony was held at Toshi Nogyo Park along the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward. The mayor of Adachi and other dignitaries attended and gave...The ceremony was held at Toshi Nogyo Park along the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward. The mayor of Adachi and other dignitaries attended and gave speeches. The day's events included tree-plantings, sumo exhibition matches, and slide show talks by people who went to Washington, DC. This is a flyer for the centennial ceremony.Jan 21, 2013
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The cherry trees sent to Washington, DC in 1912 came from cherry trees growing along the Arakawa River in the Kohoku area (江北) of Adachi Ward. However, those cherry trees died by the end of WWII. Adachi Ward later undertook a project to regrow the...Adachi Ward later undertook a project to regrow the cherry trees with saplings taken from the trees in Washington, DC.Jan 21, 2013
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Toshi Nogyo Park has numerous cherry trees from America. These trees were planted here 30 years ago from American saplings taken from cherry trees which originally came from Adachi Ward in 1912. They are called "homecoming trees" (里帰りのJan 21, 2013
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Entering Toshi Nogyo Park along Arakawa River in Adachi Ward, Tokyo. The centennial ceremony was held during the Goshiki Cherry Blossom Festival in April 2012.Jan 21, 2013
   
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