Cherry Trees in Waterfront Park

How Portland acquired the donation of one hundred Cherry Trees in honor of Japanese American history

Henry Sakamoto speaks about how he worked with Japanese trading companies, and when representatives from these companies visited Portland they had a particular appreciation for the geography and plant life, as it reminded them of home. Members of the Japanese Grain Traders Import Associaiton then decided to make a donation of one hundred Akebono Cherry Trees to reflect their love of Portland. These trees were later planted in Waterfront Park, next to the Japanese-American Historical Plaza.

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Henry Sakamoto

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