Mitaka City

On January 27, 2015, twenty Friendship Blossoms dogwood trees were planted at International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka City, Tokyo. ICU welcomed its first class in 1953 and in part owed its establishment to the support of General Douglas MacArthur and its growth in its early decades to the generous support of Christian churches in the United States. In its 61 years of existence, ICU has maintained close ties with U.S. universities and has welcomed thousands of American students to its campus as exchange students. The university has also maintained close ties with the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo and has welcomed numerous ambassadors to the campus to meet with faculty and students. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy attended the planting ceremony after participating in a discussion with forty ICU students.

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