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Tulips thriving on in Kamikama Freiendship Park!

It won't be long before the tulip buds bloom that had been planted in the flowerbed within Kamikama Friendship Park in the city of Ishinomaki. The pines and other plants in the park have been cut down because the tsunami triggered by the Tohoku earthquake had ravaged the park and caused them to die. That got the park deserted. JEN was not able to stand by this situation and so worked on creating a flowerbed in the park and planting 10,000 tulip bulbs in the flowerbed with the help of about seventy people including local residents and volunteers from across the country last October. There was concern that those tulip bulbs may be harmed by salt in the soil of the flowerbed, because the soil was polluted by tsunami brought seawater. Despite the concern, they are growing well in the sun under beautiful spring weather.

【Lushly thriving tulips!】

They also planted azalea, the flower that symbolizes the city of Ishinomaki.
I wonder it would be a long time before these flowers start blooming like they used to?

【Azaleas are also asserting themselves.】

In the flowerbed, weeds were beginning to sprout on account of beautiful weather. JEN is going to clear those weeds with help of local residents on April 18. JEN is accepting volunteers who can help us with weeding. Anyone who is interested is urged to join JEN's activity.

【Many people can't wait to enjoy the opening of the tulips in the flowerbed near the gate to the park.】

The tulips are expected to be in full bloom around the time of Golden Week holidays. JEN hopes those who helped us with planting the tulip bulbs before come to Ishinomaki and enjoy the beauty of the flowers in all glory.

【JEN is now accepting donations for the reconstruction of Tohoku. Your help would be very much appreciated.

April 11, 2013 in Tohoku earthquake |