Addis Ababa July 29/2020 (ENA) The Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, Matsunaga Daisuke, and Nationwide Palace Administration Director-Basic, Teferi Fikre have planted Sakura tree saplings on the Japanese Backyard on the premises of the palace at present.

Planting of the tree seedlings is geared toward encouraging Ethiopia’s Inexperienced Legacy Initiative championed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to plant billions of tree seedlings and strengthen relations between Ethiopia and Japan.

“In accordance with the prime minister’s initiative, the green legacy movement, we wanted to plant cherry tree saplings which represent Japan,” the ambassador mentioned.

The Japanese Embassy in Addis Ababa was dedicated to importing the Sakura, a Japanese cherry blossom tree seedling, from Japan to be planted within the palace backyard to indicate assist for Ethiopia’s consecutive plantations.

“To me, this garden symbolizes the friendship between our two countries and I mean we are very keen in cooperation with the palace administration represented by Ato Teferi. We are working very hard to restore the Japanese Garden and the tea house and coffee house to its original beauty,”Ambassador Daisuke revealed.

He famous that Japan and Ethiopia have been having fun with pleasant relations since 1930 when diplomatic relations had been signed and commenced between the 2 nations.

“So, we are here to celebrate the 90th anniversary of our friendship and it is important that this beautiful Japanese Garden will be enjoyed by a lot of people in Ethiopia,” Daisuke added.

Palace Administration Director-Basic, Teferi Fikre mentioned the palace administration facilitates Ethiopia’s marketing campaign of planting billions of tree seedlings and helps strengthen Ethio-Japan general relations.

“You can see here in the Japanese Garden Ethiopian house for traditional coffee ceremony and Japanese traditional tea house. So, the aim of the planting is to facilitate the national green legacy initiative and further strengthen Ethio-Japan relation, especially on green development and people-to-people relations,” he added.

The over 60 years outdated Japanese backyard within the palace was constructed after the go to of Emperor Haile Selassie to Japan in 1956 and their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko visited and toured it in 1960. Then it was rehabilitated and restored in 2005 to have a good time the 50th anniversary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between the nations.

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