Cherry trees have been planted in the Chinese city of Wuxi to symbolize the friendly ties between China and Japan.
Volunteers from the two countries have been planting cherry trees for the past 34 years in a park in the city in Jiangsu Province.
On Thursday, an annual tree-planting ceremony was held in the park, which has about 30,000 cherry trees and is known as one of the best cherry blossom-viewing spots in China.
Japan's Consul-General in Shanghai, Isomata Akio, attended the ceremony with senior local government officials. There were no other participants from Japan this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Isomata said the annual ceremony is a symbol of the friendly ties between Japan and Wuxi that have developed over many years. He expressed appreciation for the support and cooperation of all the people involved.
The participants used shovels to cover the roots of the newly planted saplings.
Crowds of people have been visiting the park to view the cherry flowers.
A university student said the flowers in full bloom represent the friendly ties between Japan and China. She said she believes the friendship will continue to prosper just like these flowers.