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February 17, 2019

Japanese cherry tree begins to blossom at Yangon Region Hluttaw

A first cherry tree is beginning to blossom at Yangon Region’s Hluttaw compound.  Photo: Aung Myint (IPRD)
A first cherry tree is beginning to blossom at Yangon Region’s Hluttaw compound. 
Photo: Aung Myint (IPRD)

A cherry tree planted in the compound of Yangon Region’s Hluttaw on 27 January began to blossom on 6 February.
“Twelve days after planting, cherry has begun to blossom at tree No. 12. May Japan-Myanmar friendship last long,” stated Naw Pan Thinzar Myo, Yangon Region’s Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister, on her Facebook page yesterday.
About 300 cherry trees were planted in Yangon at the 3rd cherry planting ceremony, which was held as part of a program to promote Japan-Myanmar friendship and tourism.
About 120 trees were planted in the compound of the Hluttaw, 140 at the People’s Park, and five at the Maha Bandoola Park.
The trees have been genetically modified so they can thrive in Myanmar’s climate.
The first cherry planting ceremony was held in Nay Pyi Taw in 2017, with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi planting trees, and urging the people of both countries to consider it an act of cultivating, nurturing, and strengthening the friendship between Japan and Myanmar. She also highlighted the need for peace and environmental conservation in Myanmar.
A total of 1,000 cherry trees from Japan are targeted to be planted on both sides of the Zawana Road — from the Kyarpan roundabout to the Hluttaw Building. About 1,250 trees were planted in Chin State, and 800 in Mogok, PyinOoLwin, Kalaw, and Inle areas last year. A total of 3,250 cherry trees have been planted in Myanmar between 2017 and 2019.—Thi Thi Min (Translated by GNLM)

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