Cherry Blossom Centennial Celebration
Posted by Robert Meyers on Nov 4, 2012 - 2:41:38 PM
LOS ANGELES”“The city of Los
Angeles celebrated the 2012 Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial on Friday with
the planting of 24 Cherry Blossom trees in downtown L.A.'s Grand Park. One
hundred years ago, Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to WashingtonD.C. as a gift to the U.S.
Grand Park Director Lucas Rivera and Consul General of Japan Jun Niimi unveiling of commemorative plaque Photo By Robert L. Meyers
The planting of the trees in GrandPark is part of the 2012 Japan-U.S.
Cherry Blossom Centennial Nationwide Tree Planting Initiative, in a joint
effort by Los AngelesCounty and the Consulate General of
Japan in Los Angeles.
To honor the planting of the
cherry trees, a dedication ceremony was held with a joint unveiling of a
commemorative plaque by L.A.’s Grand Park Director, Lucas
Rivera, and Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles, Jun Niimi.
The dedication ceremony was followed
by a free concert from Japanese Gospel music group Heavenese, whose lead
vocalists, Marre and Kumiko, sang the National Anthems of both nations at the
introduction of the Dedication Ceremonies.
Members of Japanese soul gospel band Heavenese perform at LA's Grand Park Photo by Robert L. Meyers
Heavenese is a Gospel unit
consisting of over 20 artists with diverse genres and instruments. Their music
highlights the beautiful Japanese tradition and culture by collaborating with
the sound of the Gospel and R&B. Heavenese has mesmerized audiences in
the United States with its unique, original sound
and entertainment. Last year, the band held several Japan Earthquake benefit
concerts in southern California, which were enjoyed by over 9,000
people in total. The band has released songs produced by Andrae Crouch,
directed by Sheila E, and a debut album is to be released this fall in the U.S.
The trees were provided by
Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.