Five sakura cherry saplings will be donated by the Japan Sakura Foundation to the Parliament of Finland in celebration of the 100th year anniversary of Finnish independence. On 17 November, a list of donation of sakura saplings which is addressed to Madame Lohela, Speaker of the Parliament from Mr. Oshima, President of the Japan Sakura Foundation and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan, was presented by Ambassador Yamamoto.
In the ceremony, Ambassador Yamamoto delivered a congratulatory message （link to Ambassador’s speech）to celebrate the Suomi 100, mentioning the long history of the Finland’s Parliament, and introduced a message from Mr. Hasumi, President of the Japan Sakura Foundation. In a speech by Madame Lohela, she hoped that sakura will become a symbol of friendship between Finland and Japan and it will bring beauty and happiness to the people of Finland for years to come. Participants to the ceremony included parliamentarians such as members of the Japan Friendship Group, members from Ministry for Foreign Affairs and City of Helsinki, and representatives from Japan-Finland friendship associations.
Donated sakura saplings will be planted after spring next year when an opportune time comes.
Donation of sakura trees from the Japan Sakura Foundation to the Parliament of Finland
November 20, 2017