Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

Airlines send Okinawan cherry blossoms all around Japan

Motobu Miss Sakura and Nago Sakura Queens handing the Taiwan Cherry to JAL and JTA staff at Naha Airport on January 20.

January 20, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

As the January 21 opening day of Motobu Yaedake cherry blossom festival approached, the Japan Airlines Okinawa branch and Japan Transocean Air sent thirty bundles of Ryukyuan Taiwan cherry blossoms from Yaedake to twenty-two airports across Japan on January 20. The air companies have sent the cherry blossoms twenty-three times including this shipping. The cherry blossoms will be displayed at check-in counters and lounges at the airports.

During the shipping ceremony held on the morning of January 20, Nago Cherry Blossom Queen as well as the King and Queen of Hokuzan from Nakijin, which are also sites for cherry blossom festivals, joined the Motobu Miss Cherry Blossom to hand bouquets of cherry blossoms to the JAL branch manager Katsuma Watabe and the JTA chief executive Kiyoshi Marukawa.

Chairperson of the Motobu town tourism association, Kiyohiro Toyama, greeted people saying, “I hope people will feel the warmth of Okinawa through the cherry blossoms from the islands where the trees are first to open up in the country, and I hope many visit Okinawa.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma)  

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