Cherry Blossom Festival
20th Ohanami | Cherry Blossom Festival
April 16 & 17, 2021
Presented by the BGSU Japanese Club, Japanese Program and the Asian Studies Program
The Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates Japanese culture and customs. This year's festival will take place online with live participation from Japan and the United States. Join us for individual events or for the entire festival.
Ohanami | Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule
For more information, contact Akiko Kawano Jones at email@example.com or 419-575-8999
History of BGSU Cherry Trees
In the 1990s the alumni chapter in Tokyo, led by Mr. Emori, came up with the idea of donating sakura trees to BGSU. His vision was to create a site similar to the Washington, D.C. Potomac River cherry trees. In 2001, the dream finally came true. The alumni in Tokyo donated about 50 Japanese cherry trees to BGSU with the dream of having a wonderful park on campus some time in the future. The following year a Japanese company, Tochigi-Fuji, which used to be located in Bowling Green, donated an additional 20 trees. We also have three trees from Washington, D.C.’s original cuttings, which were a gift from the City of Tokyo to the U.S. during the Presidency of William Taft. BGSU’s tree-planting ceremony included a visit by Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio at the time.
In 2010, Dowa THT America, a Japanese company in Bowling Green, donated 10 more trees to celebrate the 10th anniversary.
The BGSU cherry trees are visible on the north side of Alumni Mall near Kreischer quadrangle.