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The symbol of Japan will bloom in Ukraine

Date: April 7 and 11, 2017

From now on, the tree of sakura will adorn the territory of the Kyiv State Choreographic School and the square near the National Opera of Ukraine. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the commonwealth of Ukraine and Japan and the Year of Japan in Ukraine, on April 7 and 11, the trees of sakura were planted by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigeki Summe and his wife, the chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration Vitaly Klitschko, the deputy chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration Alexei Reznikov, Director of the Culture Department of the Kyiv City State Administration Diana Popova, Director General of JTI Ukraine Viktor Veklich, Director of Corporate Issues and Communications Department of JTI Ukraine Alexander Kogut, People's Artist of Ukraine, Director General of the National Opera of Ukraine Petro Chuprina, People's Artist of Ukraine, Artistic Director of the Kyiv State Choreographic School Nobuhiro Terada, representatives of the United World Cultures Foundation and the Ukraine-Japan Terada Foundation.

Japan and Ukraine are not that different countries as it seems at first glance. Communication with Japanese colleagues shows that we have common values and are much closer to each other than we think.

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Ukraine Shigek Summe presented the “2500 Sakuras” campaign of the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine, which is held in the framework of the Year of Japan in Ukraine: "We will plant these trees and then we will recall annually how the Year of Japan in Ukraine has passed". Trees will be planted in different cities of Ukraine from April. The action is implemented with the support of the Kyiv City State Administration.

"I hope that many people are interested in this campaign and before the end of the year 2500 sakuras will be planted in Ukraine," said the ambassador. Shigeki Summe also told about the following events for the Year of Japan in Ukraine: the modernization of the Kyoto Park in Kyiv and the large-scale exhibition of Japanese culture in the Art Arsenal, which will be held in November.

Within the framework of the program, on April 7 and 11, two actions of planting the sakuras took place. They were joined by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Ukraine Shigeki Summe and his wife, the head of the Kyiv City State Administration Vitaliy Klitschko, the deputy head of the Kyiv City State Administration Alexey Reznikov, Director of the Culture Department of the Kyiv City State Administration Diana Popova, Director General of JTI Ukraine Viktor Veklich, Director of Corporate Issues and Communications Department of JTI Ukraine Alexander Kogut, People's Artist of Ukraine, Director General of the National Opera of Ukraine Petro Chuprina, People's Artist of Ukraine, Artistic Director of the Kyiv State Choreographic School Nobuhiro Terada, representatives of the United World Cultures Foundation and the Ukraine-Japan Terada Foundation.

Soon, the pink color of the cherry blossom will adorn the territory of the Kyiv State Choreographic School and the square named after Mykola Lysenko near the National Opera of Ukraine. After planting the sakuras on the territory of the KSCS, the participants of the event attended a concert of students of the Kyiv State Choreographic School. The event once again emphasized that the friendship of the Kyiv State Choreographic School and Terada ballet school will only grow stronger over the years.

Note: according to the Decree of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, in order to intensify bilateral cooperation and strengthen ties between Ukraine and Japan, 2017 is declared the Year of Japan in Ukraine.