日米桜交流100周年記念関連イベント Japan-America Centennial Celebration

>>> 2012全米桜祭りツアー Tour to National Cherry Blossom Festival in 2012



2012 witnessed the centennial celebration of having planted Japanese cherry blossom trees by the Potomac River in Washington D.C. Therefore, JASY held a tour to the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April, and had a meeting with executives of the Japan-America society in Washington D.C.

In addition to JASY members, the festival was also attended by Ms. Hayashi, mayor of Yokohama City, Yokohama municipal assembly members, Yokohama-San Diego Friendship Delegation. Also, supporters of “Scidmore Cherry Blossoms," founded to honor Eliza Scidmore's achievement in planting cherry blossoms joined the tour. She was an American travel writer who had a deep relationship with Yokohama.
The passion of Ms. Scidmore and the cooperation of companies in Yokohama, such as The Yokohama Nursery Co.,Ltd and NYK Line, were essential for planting the cherry blossoms as a symbol of friendship between Japan and America.



Exhibition booth of Yokohama-city at the National Cherry Blossom Festival

What is the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

The national Cherry Blossom Festival is America's greatest springtime celebration as an event related to Japan in the U.S. The Japan-America cherry blossoms centennial celebration of 2012 was an official project by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the festival was extended to 5weeks from the usual 2 weeks (March 20th to April 27th).

Japanese confectionary of the centennial anniversary
“Scidmore Cherry Blossom” and “Poem of Dogwood”



Presentation Ceremony of Japanese confectionary

To celebrate the centennial anniversary, the Kanazawa Branch of Kanagawa Confectionery Industry Association made two kinds of Japanese confectionary- One was “Scidmore Cherry Blossom" named after Eliza Scidmore, the other was “Poem of Dogwood," representing the dogwood trees gifted to Japan by America in 1915. At the day of the Reception, these confectionary were presented to the president of the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. and the president and chief director of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Association, by Mr. Nishida, the former president of JASY, and Mr. Sasaki, the former chairman of the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

>>> 横浜とワシントンD.C.日米協会の間で
友好関係を確認する覚書に署名 Memorandum of Friendship
between the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C. and JASY

Memorandum of Friendship between two societies
Presidents of the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
and JASY at Signing Ceremony


During the tour, JASY had a reception in order to deepen friendship, attended by 150 people from the Japan-America society of Washington D.C. and National Cherry Blossom Festival Association. And JASY also had a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Friendship and a gift presentation ceremony with the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.

東京多摩日米協会との連携事業 Events with the America-Japan Society,Inc.
and the America-Japan Society of Tama Tokyo

Panel discussion of a guest and President Fujisaki, AJS


Since 2015, JASY has collaborated with the American-Japan Society, Inc., which represents the whole country, and the America-Japan Society of Tama Tokyo, located in Kunitachi, Tokyo, That collaboration makes it possible for members of all three associations to attend one another's seminars and events. (ex. Panel discussion with Mr. Fujisaki, President of AJS and the former ambassador to the U.S.)

前駐米大使 藤崎一郎氏 特別講演会 Special Lecture of Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, the Former Ambassador to the U.S.

A lecture of the hot topic right after the 2016 U.S. presidential election


On December 2016, as a collaborating event with the Yokohama Chamber of Commerce and Industry (YCCI), Mr.Ichiro Fujisaki, President of AJS and the former ambassador to the U.S., gave a lecture about global reaction to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
More details can be found here. (Available only in Japanese)