Agriculture ministry receives 12 cherry saplings from JapanSonam Penjor, Thimphu
Mar 4 2016
Agriculture ministry received 12 Taki-Sakura cherry saplings from the people of Miharu, Fukushima in Japan, yesterday.
The saplings are the symbol of goodwill gesture to His Majesty the King for his visit to Fukushima after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
“The people in Miharu wanted to show their gratitude for that. They have 1,000 years old Cherry tree in their town. They chose the best of the trees and brought it here,” said Japan-Bhutan Friendship Association’s Director, Yasushi Yuge.
Three cherry saplings were planted in floriculture and amenity landscaping center in Dechencholing.
Three Taki Sakura cherry blossom saplings were planted in floriculture and amenity landscaping center in Dechencholing, yesterday.
Fifteen cherry saplings were planted in the center in 2014. They are over two-metres tall, today.
“We are hopeful the saplings will grow well. I am expecting the saplings to bloom this year as I can see the flower buds,” said Floriculture and Amenity Landscaping Centre’s Manager, Tshering.
Taki Sakura in Japanese means waterfall cherry tree. It is a 12 meter tall tree with drooping branches that spread out over 20 meters. It appears like a cascading waterfall.
The cherry saplings were gifted to Bhutan to also mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Bhutan first received the cherry saplings in 2013. And so far, Bhutan received 57 cherry saplings from Japan.