The consulate general, the office of Mayor Karl Dean and the Japan America Society of Tennessee have organized the sixth annual Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday to celebrate Omega Seamaster Black Rubber Strap
"We have already planted 500 cherry blossom trees," Kato said. "Our hope is that someday Nashville Omega Seamaster 601
New life is not just celebrated at the festival it's planted. Every year, the consulate plants 100 cherry trees throughout Nashville.
people are drawn to Tennessee's golden resources.
Nashville is also moving toward adding the Japanese city of Kamakura, known for its large Buddha statue, as a sister city. Nashville's seven sister cities connect Nashvillians with people of the world through travel, professional and student exchanges, cultural programs and community service. Sister Cities of Nashville sent a civic delegation to Kamakura in 2009, and the relationship has continued with musician exchanges and a visit from a Kamakuran delegation at last year's festival.
Memphis also will get young cherry trees this month, partly in thanks for the city's donation to earthquake relief in Japan and partly because of the "King."
"Japanese people love Elvis," Kato said. "We are going to plant cherry trees in Graceland."
is going to be famous for both music and cherry blossoms!"
At least, that's the case for Japan and Tennessee, where 60 percent of foreign direct investment comes from Japan. More than 180 Japanese companies, including Nissan and Bridgestone Americas, have created nearly 40,000 jobs in the state, and nearly 4,000 Japanese citizens live in Tennessee.
"Jack Daniels is very popular in Japan," Kato said. "There are two big bars in Tokyo and Osaka. Jack Daniels is one of the many ways that Japan and Tennessee are growing closer together."
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this close relationship. All other events begin an hour later. The free festival will have food trucks with local Japanese restaurants offering their specialties, music, martial arts, artwork, merchandise, a Cosplay contest and an area called J Pop Land.
Kato hopes the Japanese investment in Tennessee will keep growing, and with it, the Cherry Blossom Festival.
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April is a special time in Japan, Kato said. "New life is symbolized by the cherry blossom in full bloom. Omega Watches Strap It gives us hope."
"It's a wonderful thing, the Japanese and Tennessean people together to celebrate the arrival of spring."
The secret to a good relationship is Southern hospitality, whiskey and Elvis.
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