SGI-USA Members Plant Cherry Trees in Three States
On March 4, SGI-USA members, together with representatives of the City of Torrance, California, planted trees in the city's Columbia Park. Over the past 10 years, local SGI members have planted a total of 100 trees in Torrance.
Other SGI-USA cherry tree plantings were held at the Daisaku and Kaneko Ikeda Peace Grove in East Side Park, Paterson, New Jersey, on April 8 and at Town Center Park at Green Valley Ranch, Denver, Colorado, on April 15. At the latter event, some 250 SGI members gathered to plant 50 trees.
The tree planting in Denver celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States in 1912. The annual cherry tree planting was begun 24 years ago by the SGI-USA and the City and County of Denver, and local SGI members have now assisted in planting more than 2,000 cherry trees throughout Denver. The event also marked the beginning of a five-year agreement between SGI-USA and the Japanese Firms Association of Colorado and the City and County of Denver to plant 200 trees around Town Center Park.
Following the tree planting, participants gathered in the town center's recreation building where the Japan America Society presented a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The event concluded with a koto performance.
[Adapted from an article in the April 23, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and the May 18, 2012, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy Seikyo Shimbun]