Ichinoseki City

On June 1, 2014, 50 Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted at the Hikobae no Mori Community Center in Murone Town, Ichinoseki City, Iwate Prefecture. For more than 25 years, the Murone community along with Kesennuma City’s “Love the Oyster Forest” Group has been planting trees to create a prosperous ecosystem, providing essential nutrients for sea life off the coast via water flow through inland forests. The group’s slogan is “the forest is the ocean’s lover,” and efforts to foster understanding and connections between the coastal and inland communities has only strengthened after the devastation from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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