Firm wants a bite of the cherry and blos­som

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

An en­ter­prise in­Wuhan, Cen­tral China’sHubei prov­ince, re­cently ran an out­door ad­ver­tise­ment in Tokyo, claim­ingWuhan is home to cherry blos­som. The ad also in­vited Tokyo res­i­dents to vis­itWuhan Univer­sity, where cherry blos­som at­tracts a con­sid­er­able num­ber of tourists from across China, even abroad, in spring ev­ery year.

The ad, as a his­to­rian atWuhan Univer­sity said, has sev­eral mis­takes, es­pe­cially those on the ori­gin of cherry blos­som and the cherry trees in­Wuhan. De­spite its fa­mous cherry-themed scenic spots, Wuhan did get most of its cherry trees from Ja­pan af­ter 1938, when Ja­panese sol­diers in­vaded the city and sowed cherry seeds dur­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion.

In other words, the cherry blos­som in­Wuhan does have a ge­netic con­nec­tion with the trees planted by the im­pe­rial Ja­panese army more than seven decades ago. That, to some ex­tent, serves as a re­minder of the shame­ful past, when many Chi­nese peo­ple fell prey to the bru­tal­ity of the Ja­panese colo­nial­ists.

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