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Cupertino Selected as Site for Ceremonial Gift from Japanese Consulate

Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates 100-year anniversary Saturday and Sunday.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees from Japan to the United States. The cherry blossom trees, including some of the original ones from 1912, bloom beautifully every spring at the Tidal Basin along the Potomac River in Washington D.C. Over the years, the cherry blossom trees have encouraged exchanges between the two nations as well as contributed to a deeper understanding of Japan.

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco has taken the initiative to plant young cherry blossom trees in Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, and Carson City, Nevada. This initiative will lay a solid foundation for another of 100 years of Japan-U.S. friendship. Cupertino's Memorial Park has been selected as one of these sites, in honor of the city's Sister City relationship with Toyokawa, Japan.

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco will present a young cherry blossom tree to the city of Cupertino at a tree planting ceremony that will take place at Memorial Park on Saturday, April 28 at 1:30 p.m. during the city’s 29th annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

The park is the site of a gift of 200 trees that were sent from Toyokawa, Japan in 1983, and many of those original trees still thrive in the park.

Come and enjoy the festival on April 28 and 29 in Cupertino’s beautiful Memorial Park; a special children’s play area with hands-on activities, arts and crafts, food, and both indoor & outdoor Japanese arts and cultural exhibits and demonstrations.  Admission is FREE.  For more information, visit www.cupertinotoyokawa.org.

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