On June 23, a ceremony commemorating the planting of Sakura trees in the City of Markham was held at the Markham Civic Centre. Sixty-five of the saplings were donated by the Rotary International District 2750 and other Japanese donors, as well as Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada Inc. which is located in Markham. Another 15 trees were added by the City of Markham, making the total of 80 trees.
Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito expressed hope in her remarks that these new Sakura will become beloved symbols of friendship between Japan and Canada for the people of Markham, the most diverse city in Canada. The traditional Japanese music ensemble Ten Ten performed at the planting ceremony to introduce Japanese culture to attendants.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti gives remarks at the planting ceremony.
Consul-General of Japan Takako Ito gives remarks.
Remarks by Rotary International District 2750 Governor Masamori Sawatari.
Mr. James Matsumoto who devoted a great deal of time and effort to realize this donation.
Mayor Scarpitti and Consul-General Ito.
Performance by the traditional Japanese music group Ten Ten.
Members of the community attended the occasion.