Cherry Blossoms 2018

Photo by Rachel Randall

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Cherry blossoms slideshow now available online

Each year, students, faculty, staff, alumni and area residents eagerly await the pink blooms of 200 cherry trees on the Ohio University campus. 

The trees could bloom in the next few weeks, and a photo slideshow of the cherry tree grove that runs along the Hocking River between the bike path and Convocation Center is now available at The website is managed by the Office of Global Affairs and the Department of Linguistics and will be updated continuously throughout the coming weeks.

The trees not only bring beauty to the campus each spring, they are also a powerful symbol of Japanese culture. The full-blown blossoms last for only a day or two and are a Japanese symbol of the impermanence of life. It is a custom in Japan to illuminate the trees, so the University will illuminate them later this spring.

The trees were first planted in 1979 under the direction of OHIO President Charles Ping and President Kazuo Yamada of Chubu University, OHIO’s sister institution in Japan. Chubu gifted the cherry blossom trees to represent its relationship with OHIO and later brought the grove’s total to 200 trees after another gift for the University’s bicentennial.

The trees have become a focal part of the OHIO campus, and people gather in the grove each spring in order to appreciate the beauty and meaning of the cherry tree grove. For additional information, please contact the Office of Global Affairs at