Setagaya: Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School

On April 10, 2015 Ambassador Kennedy takes part in the dogwood planting ceremony at the Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School (Setagaya). The event was in commemoration for the centennial anniversary of the first U.S. gift of dogwood trees to Japan. According to the daily, the U.S. presented 40 dogwood trees to Japan in 1915 as a return gift for Tokyo`s gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington in 1912, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School received two of them. The daily quoted the Ambassador as telling the students: “The U.S. ambassador in a hundred years will praise your accomplishments.” NTV carried a similar story on its website, quoting the Ambassador as also telling the students that “the dogwood and cherry trees represent our continuous friendship.”

 

Engei HS 5 Engei HS 6 AmbKennedy-Students Engei

 

戦前の日米友好いまも「ハナミズキ百年祭」from Nihon Television (article and video)
http://www.news24.jp/articles/2015/04/10/07272751.html

Facebook post by NHK News Web
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1059583494069480&id=549226528438515

 

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