Toshima Ward

On January 21, 2014, 42 Friendship Blossoms dogwoods were planted by Rikkyo Gakuin, on their Ikebukuro campus in Toshima City,Tokyo,  and their Niiza campus in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture. Rikkyo Gakuin was founded in 1874 by Bishop Channing Moore Williams, a missionary of the U.S. Episcopal Church, and the school has continuously worked to help foster relations with the United States. The planting site on the Ikebukuro campus is adjacent to the Paul Rusch Athletic Center, dedicated to a Rikkyo professor who was a member of General MacArthur’s staff and introduced American football to Japan.

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