A series of tree planting ceremonies were held in 8 locations in March 2010 in the Province of Brescia, Italy, and this was one of them.
In the morning of 24 March, under the sunny sky, the tree planting ceremony was held at the Istituto Comprensivo Statale di Trenzano and was a very big event. On the stage, guests such as Trenzano mayor, the school principal and the Kaki Tree Project Executive Committee members were seated and they enjoyed watching performances by all students of the school. The event began as they released the balloons with messages of peace into the sky, then a brass band, karate and dance performances and poetry reading took place. Especially the dance performance of the students in Renaissance costume was impressive as it conveyed their culture. Since a lot of immigrants settled in the area, there were also performances of folk dances of Eastern Europe. There were messages of peace, drawings and manga displayed all over the school which showed the whole school commitment to the tree planting ceremony. For a while the kaki tree will be nurtured in the pot as it is, it will then be moved to the flower garden of peace which is planned to be built later at the main entrance of the school.
An executive committee member who joined the ceremony from Japan brought her son and it was very lovely to see the 4-year-old boy enter the ceremony site bringing the kaki tree, and the participants were all delighted.