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 五色桜物語

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[Five-colored cherry blossom trees in Adachi go over the Pacific Ocean to
color the bank of Potomac River]
◆Handing down blossoms of Edo culture, ‘Sakura’ to posterity


During the Edo period when the Japanese culture greatly flourished, 250 varieties of flowering cherry trees bred by horticulturists were grown in the gardens of feudal lords’ mansions.
However, after Meiji Restoration in 1868, their mansions had been deserted for a long time. A gardener, Magoemon Takagi, collected cherry trees in those gardens and preserved them in his nursery garden.
In 1886, Mayor Kengo Shimizu of Kohoku Village suggested to make a row of cherry trees along the bank of the Arakawa River when it was
renovated. Thanks to fund-raising and labor supply by the village people, a six-kilometers long row of cherry trees was arranged with 78 varieties of 3225 trees. Ordinary people could enjoy rare cherry blossoms, which had been kept secretly in the gardens of feudal lords and the cherry trees, the fruit of Japanese horticulture, started to spread to the world.


 





 
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