On October 12, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Ukrainian-Japanese diplomatic relations, sakura alley was planted in Horky Park in Kharkiv.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Sumi, Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna and Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes participated in the tree planting ceremony. It was held in the park’s French area.
The Embassy of Japan in Ukraine gave 80 Kanzan cherry trees of 2–2,5 meters height.
“Twenty-five years of productive cooperation have linked our countries. Implementation of joint projects in the economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres has been useful for both sides. I believe that today’s ceremony will bring new impetus to the further development of relations between the Kharkiv region and Japan,” Svitlychna noted.
“This is not the first cultural project that we have realized. We work on energy efficiency, ecological, and medical ones as well. We negotiate about prospects of development cooperation in the fields of education and science. We also discuss possibilities of further implementation of programs related to the supply of modern medical equipment,” she added.
The Mayor also thanked the government and the Embassy of Japan for continuing cooperation with Kharkiv. “Sakura symbolizes goodness, peace, and happiness. I expect this alley will be one of the favorite Kharkivities’ spots, particularly as we are going to cherish and gentrify it. We have discussed with the Ambassador further development of business relations between Japan and Kharkiv, and he expressed high expectations in that regard. I believe that a piece of Japan and this country’s spirit will remain in Kharkiv for years,” Kernes said.
Recall, in April, 40 cherry blossom trees were planted in Krasnokutsk arboretum within the framework of Pearls of Slobozhanshchyna festival.
The Ambassador pointed out that about 2,500 sakura will be planted throughout the country this year.
According to Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine Michio Harada, cherry blossom is a very special plant for the Japanese. They feel happy seeing it in bloom.
The servicemen who took part in Anti-terrorist operation in the east of the country also joined the event.
After the ceremony, the participants visited the patients in the regional hospital of war veterans.
Text: Natalia Ivanova