May 20, 2014

US, Japanese leaders celebrate longstanding relations

By Global Affairs

Ceremonial drummers at the tree dedication ceremony

Todd Gardiner for Team Photogenic

Ceremonial drummers at the tree dedication ceremony

UW President Michael K. Young and Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura

Todd Gardiner for Team Photogenic

UW President Michael K. Young and Japanese Consul General Masahiro Omura

Japanese General Consul Masahiro Omura spoke today near Drumheiller Fountain today to celebrate a recent gift of cherry trees to the UW American Ethnic Studies department from the people of Japan.

Also speaking at the ceremony were former congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and UW President Michael K. Young.

The new cherry trees, installed on central campus overlooking Drumheiller Fountain, were presented in honor of longstanding relations between the U.S. and Japan. They also honor the many Japanese and Japanese American students who have attended UW since 1894.

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