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A Blossoming Friendship with Japan

People of Osaka Give 300 Cherry Blossom Trees for Planting In Karangasem Regency Bali

(11/16/2012) The Bali Daily (Jakarta Post) reports that The Japan Sakura Exchange Association has given 300 Japanese “Sakura” cherry blossom trees to the regency of Karangasem in Bali.

The gift from the Japanese city of Osaka will be planted in Rendang village.

The Japanese donors assure that the cherry blossom trees will thrive in the soil and climatic condition of Rendang due to modifications in the trees introduced by Japanese horticulturalists.

The Japanese cherry blossom is of the genus Prunus serrulata, more commonly known in Japan as sakura. The trees are cultivated for their rich floral displays that resemble pink clouds and last little more than a week.

While the blooming of the cherry blossom normally heralds the dawn of spring, it remains to be seen when the trees introduced to Bali will come into their annual bloom.

Mori Kazusika, chairman of The Japan Sakura Exchange Associaiton, presented the 300 trees to the regent of Karangasem I Wayan Geredeg. Geredg express thanks on behalf of the people of Karangasem, saying he hope the gift would mark the beginning of increasingly strong feelings of affection between the people of his regency and the citizens of Osaka.