A cherry blossom tree planting was held May 20 during the Hakone Matsuri at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. Participants included (from left) Hakone Foundation President Lon Saavedera, Consul General Hiroshi Inomata, and Saratoga Chuck Page. Similar ceremonies have taken place throughout the region. (Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco)

SAN FRANCISCO — In celebration of the U.S.-Japan cherry blossom centennial, a ceremonial planting of six cherry blossom trees will take place on Wednesday, June 13, at 10 a.m. at Union Square Park on Post Street between Stockton and Powell in San Francisco.

The event is presented by the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the City and County of San Francisco, and the Union Square Business Improvement District.

The trees given to the U.S. by Japan in 1912 continue to bloom every year as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. The anniversary has been marked by a series of plantings across the country.

The San Francisco event is free and open to the public. RSVP to info@unionsquarebid.com or (415) 781-7880.

Parking is available in the Union Square, Ellis-O’Farrell and Sutter-Stockton garages.

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