Sakura Grove Planting Ceremony

On Saturday, October 28, the Sacramento Tree Foundation (STF) and Sakuramento Committee hosted a planting ceremony for a grove of cherry trees at Southside Park in Sacramento. Congressmember Doris Matsui, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Councilmember Steve Hansen, STF Executive Director Ray Tretheway, and Sakuramento Committee Co-Chairs Lon Hatamiya and Joe Rodota all delivered remarks at the start of the event. Deputy Consul General Shoichi Nagayoshi also attended this ceremony and delivered remarks. He expressed his pleasure at the idea of planting cherry trees, a national flower of Japan and a symbol of the friendship between Japan and the United States, at the site where a Japantown once stood. About 80 citizens, including Former Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and STF Vice President Dr. Janine Bera, gathered to celebrate the planting. After the ceremony, dozens of volunteers planted 28 cherry trees.

The STF and Sakuramento Committee are still planning to plant a “hanami line” of 200 cherry trees on the banks of the Sacramento River just north of downtown near Matsui Waterfront Park. The trees will provide an important civic gathering place year-around.

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi delivering remarks

Congressmember Matsui giving remarks

Assemblymember McCarty delivering remarks

Councilmember Hansen giving remarks

Co-chairs Lon Hatamiya (left) and Joe Rodota (right) delivering remarks

Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi, elected officials, and others planting a cherry tree

(From left to right) Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi, STF Vice President Dr. Janine Bera, STF Executive Director Tretheway, and STF Board Member Tom Rotelli after the ceremony

Former Assemblymember Yamada and Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi posing after the ceremony

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