New Cherry Blossoms Coming to Japantown
Thankfully, it looks like progress is being made to bring in new cherry blossom trees to Japantown after two of the trees were vandalized earlier this year.
Thanks to Reddit user gamefem for sharing the recent photo outside of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California.
At the start of the year, two of Japantown’s Cherry Blossom trees in front of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California were destroyed, down to their trunks.
Thankfully, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California launched a successful GoFundMe campaign to help with the costs to replace the trees. After a week, nearly 600 people had donated to the cause, raising more than $30,000, vastly more than The Center’s fundraising goal of $5,000.
The Center planted the original Cherry Blossom trees to commemorate the visit of the His Majesty and Her Majesty of Japan in 1994. They were the first cherry blossom trees to be planted after the SF Redevelopment Agency removed all of the cherry blossom trees that were originally part of Japantown.
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