SEASIDE — This year marks the centennial anniversary of the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to America. In Northern California, the Consulate General of Japan has been working with several cities and organizations to organize events to celebrate this special occasion.

They have had cherry tree planting ceremonies at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, Napa City Hall, and many others.

On Sunday, June 3, at 1 p.m., Deputy Consul General Michio Harada will make a presentation to Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple of a cherry blossom tree in commemoration of the gift of cherry blossom trees from the people of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. in 1912.

The presentation will take place during the annual Monterey Bonsai Club exhibition and demonstration at Monterey Buddhist Temple, 1155 Noche Buena St. in Seaside.

For more information, contact Larry Oda at (831) 970-8246 or

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