The Sakura Grove
Every year, the blossoms of the Sakura Grove between H-Wing and the Social Science building herald the arrival of spring in spectacular but fleeting fashion.
- The trees—50 in all—were a gift from the Sakura Project, established by the Consulate General of Japan to celebrate the growing friendship between Ontario and Japan.
- In Japan, the blossoms are a symbol of the arrival of spring, and people come out by the hundreds to picnic beneath the trees.
- Sakura is the name for the ornamental Japanese Cherry, or prunus serrulata.
- The grove was planted in 2005. Hisao Yamaguchi, then Consul General of Japan, joined President David Naylor and Principal Kwong-loi Shun for a dedication ceremony that October.
- From 2001 to 2012, the Sakura Project donated 3,082 trees to be planted in public places in Ontario, including UTSC and U of T’s St. George campus.