On March 28, 2014 Georgia will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta. To commemorate the event, the Millennium Gate Museum is excited to announce the planting of 40 Somei-Yoshino cherry trees at the Millennium Gate Museum in Atlanta. The Museum will be free and open to the public before and after the event.
Speakers include Consul General of Japan in Atlanta Kazuo Sunaga, Mayor of Macon Robert Reichert, Representative Joe Wilkinson, and Rodney Mims Cook, President National Monuments Foundation.
Official relations between Japan and Georgia were first inaugurated in 1973 with the establishment of a Georgia State Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism office in Tokyo under Governor Jimmy Carter. The opening of the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta in 1974 offered a major boost in bilateral political relations. The cherry tree represents the renewal of Spring and has become a symbol of the friendship between Japan and America. Washington’s Tidal Basin is ringed with the tree as a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912.
The Millennium Gate Museum is a division of the National Monuments Foundation, an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes education, the arts, and urban design. The Millennium Gate Museum is a classically-styled monumental arch dedicated to peaceful accomplishment and contains the most comprehensive Georgia history museum in the state. It presents a unique and beautiful setting similar to the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin in Washington DC which serves as the focal point of the National Cherry Blossom Festival held each spring.
Sponsors include Delta, YKK, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Miura Boiler North America, TOTO USA, Colin S.Brady OBE, and Susan Wesley-Brady.