Ginkgo Saplings Linked to Admiral Togo to "Return" to Japan

Politics Society

London, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--Saplings from a ginkgo tree linked to the late Japanese Admiral Heihachiro Togo are set to "return" to the Asian country from Britain this month.

The tree was donated from Japan in the late 19th century to Pembroke Dock, Wales, to thank locals for efforts to build the original Hiei battleship of the now-defunct Imperial Japanese Navy in a shipyard there.

The ginkgo tree is known locally as a tree linked to Togo, who was studying in Britain at that time and left for Japan aboard the battleship, whose launching ceremony was held in 1877. Togo stunned the world by defeating Russia's Baltic Fleet in 1905 during Russo-Japanese War.

On Friday, a related ceremony was held at the official residence in London of the Japanese ambassador to Britain.

The project to send saplings from the ginkgo tree to Japan has been led by David James, an 81-year-old Welsh historian.

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