Earlier that day, a ceremony took place at the Fukushima Garden in Holland Park to unveil a plaque displaying a message from His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. The Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, the Mayor of the Royal Borough, Councillor Christopher Buckmaster, and Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi joined members of the Japanese community for the ceremony at which the Ambassador read a message from His Majesty personally thanking the people of Britain for their assistance two years ago.
The Fukushima Garden in London’s Holland Park was designed and developed as an extension of the existing Kyoto Garden, which Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan visited in May of last year. The new garden was given its name because the aim of its creation was to recognise Japan’s appreciation for the support and assistance shown by the UK in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and is a symbol of hope for the swift recovery of Fukushima and the affected areas.
During the visit to the UK last year, His Majesty The Emperor addressed British people who helped Japan following the disaster of 11 March 2011 at a reception, and spoke of his deep appreciation for the support Japan had received. It is in the Fukushima garden that an extract from this speech was inscribed on a plaque and displayed for the many visitors to Holland Park to view, in order for the tragedy not to be forgotten and to serve as a symbol of Anglo-Japanese friendship. To read the message displayed on the plaque, click here