On May 25, NPS welcomed representatives from the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC (JASWDC) and the National Park Service to plant azalea bushes as part of a new program that promotes friendship, diversity, and cross-cultural bonds.
The program was co-sponsored by the City of Mitaka in Tokyo, Japan and Mr. Kenichi Kawase, who is related to the plant specialist who chose the first batch of cherry blossom trees to be sent to the U.S. from Japan in 1912.
Azaleas bloom after cherry blossoms and are a symbol of everlasting friendship between Japan and the U.S.
NPS was chosen to be the inaugural site of this new friendship program because we have been welcoming The Society's educational outreach program, Japan-in-a-Suitcase (JiS), to our 2nd grade classes every year for over seven years.
Read the press release here: http://bit.ly/2rgmGPF
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