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Japanese Cherry Trees Donated for USJ Campus

From left: Rhona Free, President, University of Saint Joseph; Gregory Boyko, Honorary Consul General of Japan in CT (Canton, CT resident); Toshiko Uchino, U.S. & Japan Society of CT; and Setsuo Ohmori, Japan Consul General, Consulate-General of Japan in Boston Massachusetts. Photo credit: Christopher Hall, University of Saint Joseph

The University of Saint Joseph campus in West Hartford received a donation of 25 Yoshino Cherry trees this month.

Rhona Free. Photo credit: Christopher Hall, University of Saint Joseph

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The U.S. and Japan Society of Connecticut on May 11 donated 25 Yoshino Cherry Trees to University of Saint Joseph (USJ).

Earlier this month, the Society also delivered 40 native species of plants for a pollinator garden project led by USJ biology students and Associate Professor Kirsten Martin. The native trees, plants, and shrubs will be used to enhance the USJ Woodlands, USJ Mercy Monarch Garden, and the new USJ Meditation Garden.

One of the objectives of the U.S. and Japan Society of Connecticut is to promote Japanese art and culture throughout Connecticut, while also promoting American art and culture throughout Japan.

The relationship between the U.S. and Japan Society of Connecticut and University of Saint Joseph began in 2016 when the Society helped sponsor and promote “Hanga Now,” a contemporary Japanese woodblock print exhibit and the 2018 exclusive showing of the film “Persona Non Grata,” both At USJ’s Autorino Center for the Arts.

Last year, the U.S. and Japan Society also donated and planted four weeping cherry trees – two in front of USJ’s Autorino Center for the Arts, and another two at Mercy Hall – and 15 native cherry trees at the University’s birds and insect sanctuary area to support biology students’ research and learning.

Toshiko Uchino. Photo credit: Christopher Hall, University of Saint Joseph

Setsuo Ohmori. Photo credit: Christopher Hall, University of Saint Joseph

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