Tree-planting connects Arlington, Japan

Arlington and Japanese officials and students gathered April 3, 2018, for a tree-planting ceremony at Arlington Career Center. (Photo courtesy Embassy of Japan)

The Arlington Career Center has a new sister school, one half the world away.

An agreement signed earlier in November twins the Career Center with Tokyo Metropolitan Engei High School in Japan, and is designed to foster exchange programs and other initiatives.

“We believe this partnership will help open new doors for students in both programs while raising their awareness of global issues and building bridges of mutual understanding and respect,” Arlington Career Center principal Margaret Chung said.

Earlier this year, a contingent from the school came to the Career Center for a planting of dogwood trees on the school’s campus. The trees were donated by the Tokyo school to reciprocate for a donation of dogwoods presented to Tokyo by the U.S. government in 1915. (A Virginia school was selected for the donation in part because the state’s official tree and flower are the flowering dogwood.)

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