Civil Society

July 10, 2012


Cherry Tree Planting 'Sakura Line 311' to Mark Tsunami for Future Generations

Keywords: Disaster Reconstruction Ecosystems / Biodiversity NGO / Citizen 

JFS/Cherry Tree Planting 'Sakura Line 311' to Mark Tsunami for Future Generations
(C)Natsuki Yasuda / studio AFTERMODE

On March 17, 2012, non-profit organization "Sakura (Cherry) Line 311," consisting of youth in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, finished tree planting activities in the spring of 2012. By planting cherry trees in a line of about 170 kilometers long within the city, the organization is promoting the project to show future generations the farthest point the tsunami waves reached following the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011. This spring's tree planting was the second round of activity, following activity in the fall of 2011, and a total of about 400 volunteers participated in five sessions to plant 225 cherry trees at 58 sites.

With information on how far the tsunami reached, as well as with donations for cherry saplings and volunteer support for tree planting, the organization is promoting planting activities. The organization intends to continue step-by-step planting in response to requests. As the line becomes more blurred with the progress of debris removal and reconstruction, the organization aims to extend its cherry tree planting activities along the line as long as possible.

Posted: 2012/07/10 06:00:15 AM