Firm wants a bite of the cherry and blossom
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.