Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 18, 2012


Officials from the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation will hold a send-off ceremony at the U.S. National Arboretum for the Friendship Blossoms-Dogwood Trees Initiative on Monday, October 22 from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

They will be joined by representatives from the Embassy of Japan; the U.S. National Arboretum, which is providing its expertise to support this initiative; and various corporate partners who have generously assisted this public-private initiative. The ceremony will send off the first 100 dogwood trees, which will be planted in Tokyo on November 16.

The Friendship Blossoms Initiative is a public-private partnership between the Department of State and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation to commemorate the centennial anniversary of Japan’s gift in 1912 of 3,000 cherry trees as a token of friendship between the two nations. To honor the next 100 years of U.S. – Japan friendship, U.S. officials announced the United States’ gift of 3,000 American dogwood trees to the people of Japan during the April 30 visit of Prime Minister Noda to Washington.

Click here for more information on the Friendship Blossoms Initiative.

Click here for more information on the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation.

Click here for more information on the U.S. National Arboretum.

The ceremony will be open to the press. Press must RSVP by 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 to: EAP-P-Office-DL@state.gov

Event Location: U.S. National Arboretum
3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002

Please enter the Arboretum via R Street Gate at 24th & R Streets, NE, off of Bladensburg Road
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Information/directions.html

Press access time: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).



PRN: 2012/1664