Archive for November, 2015

Handa City: Handa City Hall

November 28, 2015 – 

Handa city has been a sister city of Midland City, Michigan for 31 years and has administered summer exchange programs between high school students between Japan and the United States.  200 cherry blossom trees were given to Midland City and … » READ MORE

Oita City: Sano Botanical Garden

November 27, 2015 – 

In November 2015, 20 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted in Sano Botanical Garden in Oita City. Sano Botanical Garden is a barrier-free park, allowing free public access throughout the year. The planting commemorated the 25th anniversary celebration of Oita … » READ MORE

Sendai: Takasago Central Park; Yagiyama Zoologica Park; Agriculture Gardening Center

November 26, 2015 – 

The Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo (KST) chamber orchestra was invited to perform the closing concert of the 2012 Cherry Blossom Music Festival, with performances at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, Sanders Theatre in Boston, … » READ MORE

Otsu City: Ojigaoka Park and Oji Mountain Athletic Park

November 16, 2015 – 

In 1968, Otsu and Lansing, MI established a sister city relationship. The mayor of Otsu, Naomi Koshi, deeply values the U.S.-Japan relationship and hopes the strong friendship will continue for many years to come. To celebrate their relationship, 20 Friendship … » READ MORE

Kagoshima City

November 14, 2015 – 

On November 1, 1990, Kagoshima City and Miami, FL entered a Sister Cities Pact, building a tangible network of friends through youth exchange programs and strengthening the U.S.-Japan relationship. To commemorate the Miami-Kagoshima Sister Cities Pact anniversary, 20 Friendship Blossoms … » READ MORE

Chris’s Story: It Began with Big Bird

November 13, 2015 – 

Big Bird in Japan

Chris (University of California–Santa Barbara, electrical engineering) studied at Tohoku University 2006-2007

It began with Big Bird.  I can trace my deep interest to Japan beginning with a simple child’s movie, Big Bird Goes to Japan.  I continued my … » READ MORE

Obama Athletic Facility

November 13, 2015 – 

On November 13th, 2015, 22 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted in the Obama Athletic Facility to celebrate Obama City’s friendship with the United States. People in Obama have been fans of President Obama since he was a senator, and … » READ MORE

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park

November 10, 2015 – 

Since 2000, Hiroshima has been independently carrying out the Dogwood 2001 Project. Citizens have raised approximately 4,000 dogwood seeds and saplings donated by the American people, promoting Japanese-American friendship and exchange. In November 2015, 70 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were … » READ MORE