JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - 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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I love red and white flowers.95 views
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I love red and white flowers, Japanese symbol of felicitation. 94 views
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Tulips with cherry blossom design with "100" below it for the centennial of Adachi's sakura gift to Washington, DC.86 views
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Tokyo Sky Tree in sight from Adachi Ward along the Arakawa River.63 views
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Kit Pancoast Nagamura, the great-granddaughter of botanist David Fairchild who brought the cherry trees from Japan to Washington, DC.42 viewsShe also writes for The Japan Times.
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Adachi Ward Mayor Yayoi Kondo (近藤やよい). See my video for an English translation of her speech.39 views
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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 2012.38 views
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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.32 views
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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.32 views
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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 trees32 views
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A good crowd was present, including local dignitaries.31 views
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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30 views
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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.30 views
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Sapling from the Reagan Sakura ready to be planted.30 views
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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...29 viewsThe 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.
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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."29 views
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Sapling from the Reagan Sakura ready to be planted. Click here to see the Reagan Sakura photos.29 views
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Tree planting of a sapling from Reagan Sakura.29 views
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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 1912.29 views
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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.29 views
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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.29 views
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"America" cherry trees, from saplings taken from the cherry trees in Washington, DC which originally came from Adachi Ward.29 views
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My video of the Japan-US Cherry Blossom Centennial ceremony in Adachi Ward, Tokyo.29 views
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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.28 views
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Committee Chairman Makoto Suzuki (鈴木誠), professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture.28 views
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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.28 views
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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.28 viewsTadao 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.
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Tree planting of a sapling from Reagan Sakura bythe Adachi Ward Mayor and others.28 views
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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.28 views
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Dogwood tree sapling planted.28 viewsTokyo Adachi-ku Toshi Nogyo koen Park sakura cherry blossoms centennial flowers us-japan
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Dogwood tree sapling planted.28 views
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Local taiko drummers also performed well after the ceremony. They were part of the Goshiki Sakura Festival.28 views
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At this Koryu-kan hall in the park, they had an exhibition and slide show lectures.28 views
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Slide show lecture about the US-Japan cherry blossoms.28 views
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A goodwill group from Adachi Ward visited Washington, DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrating the centennial.28 views
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People who went to the slide show lectures received a small gift. 28 views
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About the cherry trees given to the US and the dogwood from the US as a return gift.28 views
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"America" tree tag.28 views
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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.28 views
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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...27 viewsAdachi Ward later undertook a project to regrow the cherry trees with saplings taken from the trees in Washington, DC.
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The ceremony began at 10:30 am with music performed by local junior high school bands.27 views
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Takao Kurita of the Nihon Sakura Society presented letter to Adachi Mayor Kondo...27 views"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."
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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.27 views
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Reagan Sakura sapling planted at Toshi Nogyo Koen Park in Adachi Ward, Tokyo.27 views
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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). 27 views
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At this Koryu Kaikan hall in the park, they had an exhibition and slide show lectures.27 views
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This is a small vase with soil and flower seeds.27 views
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"America" cherry trees (similar to Somei Yoshino) from America at the park. Already finished blooming. 27 views
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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.27 views
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Closeup of the tulips.27 views
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