Sunday, March 31, 2024

South Korea Cherry Blossom problem

South Korea Cherry Blossom problem

Between 1910 and 1945, the Korean peninsular was part of Japan.  During this period Japan elevated the standard of living in Korea from the middle ages to the current modern era.  Part of an effort to beautify areas of the peninsular, the Japanese planted Cherry Blossom trees, Sakura trees (, 桜の花). 

An article appearing on the front page of The New York Times, March 30, 2024 issue, titled:

“Japanese Cherry Blossoms Ruffle South Korea.”

Apparently some in South Korea find the trees offensive and want to replace them with a Korean variety Cherry tree.  In the article a Mr. Shin is quoted as claiming they do not plan to cut down the trees.  Only replace them “when they near the end of their roughly 60-year life span.” 

Really?  Those trees are near a hundred years old, well past the “60-year life span.”  There are Cherry Blossom trees in Japan over 1,000 years old.  In addition, the Cherry Blossom trees gifted to the USA from Japan, on the Potomac River in Washington, DC, are over 100 years old.   

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