To celebrate the centennial of that generous gift, the U.S. Embassy of Japan has given additional trees to communities all around the U.S. And one of those trees is taking root right here in West Michigan.
As part of Amway Japan’s sponsorship of the Georgetown University Leadership Program (GULP) with The Japan Times, a cherry tree has been planted at the Richard and Helen DeVos Japanese Garden under construction at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
The GULP program is designed to identify and develop future Japanese government and media leaders and build positive relationships. The fourth GULP delegation visited Grand Rapids last week, including the garden site.
Just as the original gift of trees was designed to foster friendship and positive relations between the two countries, this tree is a symbol of the relationships Amway Japan is growing with emerging Japanese media and government leaders through the GULP program. See more photos on our Amway Facebook page.