The Japan Society of Fairfield County is engaged in a project to build connections and community between the US and Japan - Sakura Manbon.

Sakura (桜、さくら) means Japanese Cherry Blossom. It is the national flower of Japan, a harbinger of spring whose fleeting blossoms represent the fragility of life. They are a symbol of renewal and optimism. Manbon(万)means 10,000, which is a figurative way to say “many!” Sakura Manbon will be a highway of cherry blossoms spreading beauty and hope across and connecting our communities.

In May 2021, the JSFC replaced a tree in New Canaan’s Mead Park along the Memorial Gold Star Walk honoring residents lost in WWII with a cherry blossom tree. We’re grateful that so many from the local community came together to support our effort.

Since May of 2021 we worked on raising funds to plant an allée of 22 Japanese Higan Cherry Blossom trees at the Jay Heritage Center in Rye, NY, childhood home of peacemaker and Founding Father John Jay. JSFC successfully raised the $15,000 needed for this project, and on June 14, 2022 we presented it to the Jay Heritage Center.

1838 Jay Mansion

Future location of allée

June 14, 2022 was the official opening of the newly revitalized Jay Estate Gardens. Many friends and supporters of the Jay Heritage Center were present for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

JSFC board members Yoshie Ito and Diane Caminis with spouses Michael Strauss and Perry Caminis

The Jay Estate Gardens

Guests tour the salvia and rose beds.

We invite you to join us in building our highway of cherry blossoms. With the generous leadership of the board and longtime members we raised over $15,000. If you would like to be involved in planning the dedication ceremony or leading future Sakura Manbon projects, we are looking for additional committee members and ideas to expand this initiative. (Email us at

To donate, click on the cherry blossom below, and you will be taken to a Paypal page. Or you may send a check (made out to Japan Society of Fairfield County) to: JSFC, Attn: Nancy Beck, Treasurer, 1 Hobby Drive, Ridgefield CT 06877. Write “Sakura Manbon” on the memo line or enclose a note.