april 2018

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Q: For decades, springtime in Athens has been marked by the blooming of OHIO’s famous cherry tree grove on the banks of the Hocking River. What long-time international university partner gifted the first 175 trees to OHIO in 1979 in honor of the OHIO’s 175th anniversary?

THE ANSWER IS: C) Chubu University

OHIO and Japan’s Chubu University signed their first exchange agreement in 1973, beginning a fruitful international partnership that remains today. By 2003, the first 175 trees had been reduced to 97 by storm damage and other injury, so Chubu University again donated a planting – this time comprising 103 trees to bring the total to 200 in celebration of OHIO’s bicentennial. You can track this year’s blossoms through daily photos posted to www.ohio.edu/cherryblossoms/.


Pictured above: Chubu University President Kazuo Yamada (left) and OHIO President Charles Ping plant the first of 175 cherry trees given to the University in 1979.

 “Gift of cherry trees enhances campus beauty.” Outlook. April 13, 2004

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