The British Embassy celebrated the 100th anniversary of its cherry trees Friday by planting a sapling and having Princess Nori unveil a commemorative sculpture.

The trees, planted in 1898, were a gift from Sir Ernest Satow, a British diplomat in Japan in the late 19th century. Two of Satow’s granddaughters, Sumie Takeda and Shizue Hayashi, also attended the event, tilling soil for the new tree. They were among more than 150 Japanese politicians, businessmen and members of the local Chiyoda Ward community in attendance.

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