In 1912 Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo made a gift of friendship, 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, DC.
Commemorating that 1912 gift the Consul General of Japan made a gift of three cherry trees to Simpson United Methodist Church at the 100 year anniversary and celebration. These trees are thriving and they are now welcoming spring and blooming this week!
Members of this diversified church include first, second, third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese-Americans. We are fortunate that we will be able to practice hanami (flower viewing). Perhaps we should arrange a Sakura Hanami Festival and enjoy viewing our very own blossoms with a traditional picnic.
The Denver Cherry Blossom Festival this year is Saturday June 27, 2015 – Sunday June 28, 2015. The Sakura will be done blooming but Denver will enjoy a festival of entertainment, vendors and great food.