ハナミズキと桜 Dogwood and Cherry trees


Dogwood blossoms

このごろは戸倉上山田温泉であちらこちらにハナミズキが綺麗に咲いています。上山田温泉の本通の一部もハナミズキ並びになっています。今年で初めて知ったけど、日本がアメリカに桜の木をプレゼントした時に(ワシントンDCの桜が有名だが、私の地元のシアトルのワシントン大学の桜も日本からだそうです)、お返しにアメリカが日本にハナミズキをプレゼントしたそうです。今度はハナミズキを見る度に日米友好を考えます。
Lately, everywhere I go in our town, Togura Kamiyamada Onsen, I see dogwood trees in bloom. I just found out this year that dogwood trees were a present from the US to Japan in return for Japan’s gift of cherry trees. The cherry blossoms at Washington DC are famous, but at the other Washington, my home town of Seattle, we have beautiful trees from Japan, too. Now every time I see a dogwood tree, it will remind me of the good relations between the two countries.






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