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JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio) Sakura picnic

JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio)
Annual Sakura picnic
June 6, 2010

JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio) held their annual Sakura picnic on June 6, 2010. Sakura is the Japanese word for Cherry tree or Cherry blossom.

Cherry trees donated by JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio)

JANO has donated 130 cherry trees to the city of Cleveland. They can be found at Brookside Reservation (near the Metroparks Zoo).

Cherry trees donated by Cleveland JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio)

They have reached the maximum amount of trees that can be planted in that area and are in the process of finding another spot to donate the beautiful trees.

The festivities began with a performance by Yume Daiko a Japanese precision taiko (drum) band.

Yume Daiko Taiko drum group


Taiko, is traditional Japanese drumming. It is an ensemble of drums and has an intense, complicated rhythm/melody.







It was a memorable visual as well as auditory experience.

Yume Daiko Taiko drum group

Yume Daiko


Consul Noriaki Toda came from Detroit to join the group and celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Japanese Consul Noriaki Toda

Consul Noriaki Toda


He spoke of the wonderful relationship between Cleveland and Japan.

In 1912, 3,000 Japanese cherry trees were given as a gift to President Taft (an Ohio native) as a sign of friendship by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo.

To this day the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is a wonderful reminder of the valued relationship between Japan and the United States.

Look for an even more spectacular celebration in 2012 with the 100th anniversary of the original gift.

Enjoy these photos from the JANO Sakura Picnic.

Consul Noriaki Toda

Consul Noriaki Toda


JANO officer Fukuo Hashimoto

JANO President Fukuo Hashimoto


Robert Hawkins with Fukuo Hashimoto and Arisa Hawkins

Robert Hawkins with Fukuo Hashimoto and Arisa Hawkins


Director and principle of the Japanese Language School of Cleveland - Takayuki Suzuki and Yoshiko Saito

Takayuki Suzuki and Yoshiko Saito of the Japanese Language School of Cleveland


Japanese Consul Noriaki Toda  with Robert Hawkins and Hiroharu Sawada

Consul Noriaki Toda with Robert Hawkins and Hiroharu Sawada


JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio) cherry trees sign


JANO (Japanese Association of Northern Ohio) - cherries



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