Since the opening of the Kyoto Garden in 1991, in a ceremony attended by HIH the Crown Prince of Japan and HRH The Prince of Wales, Holland Park has had close links with Japan. Indeed, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress of Japan visited it earlier this year.
Three “Fukushima Ambassadors” (two students and one agricultural worker) were invited to Holland Park to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the garden and plant rhododendrons, which are a floral symbol of Fukushima prefecture. They have been chosen to signify the wish for a quick recovery in the region.
Speeches of thanks were given by the Fukushima Ambassadors, who also presented small gifts to the British students and the Head Gardener of Holland Park, Ian Flemming.