Cherry Tree Presentation Ceremony at Jefferson Park to Commemorate the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees from Japan
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the “Gift of Cherry Trees” from Japan to the United States. Events commemorating the Centennial Anniversary are being held throughout the U.S this year.
As part of this celebration, a special cherry tree catalogue was presented by the representatives from Japan, Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki and Mrs. Junko Ota, the wife of Consul General Kiyokazu Ota, to the representatives of the City of Seattle, Mrs. Peggy Lynch, the wife of Mayor Mike McGinn and Ms. Candace Inagi, Chief Service Officer and Community Liaison at the Office of the Mayor of Seattle, at the Opening Ceremony of the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival in April.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the City of Seattle’s Jefferson Park, and with support from the Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee, 25 young cherry trees are being planted at the park.
A special cherry tree presentation ceremony will be held at the Opening Ceremony of the Jefferson Park Jubilee on Saturday, July 14th, 2012 at 12 p.m., attended by Mayor of Seattle, Mike McGinn and Consul General of Japan, Kiyokazu Ota, as well as other dignitaries.
Taiko and Bon Odori performances, which will start at 11:30 am, will accompany the ceremony, and the Consulate-General of Japan will set up an informational booth where there will be more information about the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial.
For information about the Jefferson Park Jubilee, please check the following website: http://jeffersonparkjubilee.com/index.html
Download the event flyer here