Shibuya Ward

Yoyogi Park, in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward, is one of the largest parks in the Tokyo metropolitan area. Located on the grounds of the first powered flight in Japan in 1910, Yoyogi was the site of the Olympic Village during the 1964 Summer Olympics. While plans have not yet been finalized, Yoyogi park is expected to once again play host during the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games, and proposals for a handball court have already circulated.

The Yoyogi Park planting was the first planting in the Friendship Blossoms initiative, and took place on November 16, 2012. The event was attended by U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara D. Sonenshine representing the United States, and Acting Governor of Tokyo Naoki Inose representing Tokyo. Acting Governor Inose stated that, “Future generations will enjoy the shade of these trees for as long as we can foresee. They symbolize a friendship that is already strong and enduring.” Vice Chairman of the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation Thierry Porté and Bridging Scholar Heather Solaequi also participated in the planting of the dogwood trees.



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