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The Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial

Commemorating the Cherry Trees and Citizen Diplomacy, 2014


In 2014, JASNH and 3S Artspace hosted a Pecha Kucha night at Strawbery Banke on May 8. This performance form, that originated with a circle of young architects in Tokyo, gives each participant the chance to show 20 slides, with 20 seconds narration for each slide. The theme for the cherry tree Pecha Kucha is “Suddenly, Bloom! Out of adversity, great change, growth, and beauty can arise.” The free event takes place in the Strawbery Banke Visitors Center, 14 Hancock Street in downtown Portsmouth NH, starting at 7 pm. Food and drink available for sale through The White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke.

“The cherry trees are famous as the symbol of friendship from Japan, a gesture of people-to-people diplomacy,” said Charles B. Doleac, president of the Japan-America Society of New Hampshire. “The Japan America Society of NH showcases Portsmouth’s own cherry trees – that are directly associated with the Treaty and the iconic Washington trees to keep the spirit of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and its many branches of citizen diplomacy alive. Each year, the Portsmouth Cherry Tree event celebrates our historic friendship with Japan with a different variation on the Cherry Blossom Festival theme.’”


Portsmouth Middle School plants Living Memorial Cherry Trees around South Mill Pond

Portsmouth Middle School's Student Council members (from left to right: Noah Diep, Nate Edwards, Aidan Faulstich, Jonah Snyder, Lucas Ludd, Annie Hurd, Zach Ludd, Brian O’Malley, Eva Carchidi, Iris Cotrupi, Mary-Bella Pelt, Lily Zwick, Maxine Fabrega and Julia MacNair. Missing from photo who helped with planting: Annah Shaheen) and Student Council Advisor Lyndsey Bouzakine planted more cherry trees on the banks of the South Mill Pond where cherry trees given to Portsmouth by Sister City Nichinan have bloomed since 1985.

The new trees are cherry trees descended from the iconic Washington DC cherry trees -- give to the US in 1912 by Japan in thanks for the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, signed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, that ended the Russo-Japanese War in 1905. The Japan-America Society of NH arranged for Portsmouth to be one of the 36 cities to receive trees on the 100th anniversary of the original gift. JASNH is working with the NH Division of Forests and Lands Urban  Forestry Center to plant them in Portsmouth at key Treaty sites and elsewhere as a Portsmouth Peace Treaty Living Memorial.

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For a Russian-language description of the Treaty exhibit click here.

For the Russian-language Library of Congress description of the Treaty of Portsmouth, click here.


 News and Links

To learn nore, the following books are available, click here to order:

Heroes & Friends: Behind the Scenes of the Treaty of Portsmouth by Michiko Nakanishi

There Are No Victors Here: A Local Perspective on the Treaty of Portsmouth by Peter E. Randall

Also available, click here for ordering:


An Uncommon Commitment to Peace Exhibit Catalogue published by the Japan-America Society of NH

Blessed Are the Peacemakers: The Service of Thanksgiving for the Portsmouth Treaty, September 5, 1905 by Marina Grot Turkevich Naumann

Original 1905 newsreel footage on DVD

Treaty of Portsmouth 1905-2005 book of reproduction historical postcards.

The Portsmouth Peace Process: Guide for Teachers by Northeast Cultural Coop

Portsmouth Peace Treaty Trail

For hours, directions, details on the Portsmouth Historical Society museum where the Portsmouth Peace Treaty exhibit is displayed, click here.

For hours, directions, details on Strawbery Banke Museum and the Shapiro House, owned by one of the founders of Temple Israel who figured in the Treaty citizen diplomacy, click here.

For information about Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Building 86 where the formal negotiations were held. click here.

For more information about Wentworth By the Sea Hotel, where both delegations stayed, click here.

For more information about Green Acre Bahai School and Sarah Farmer's commitment to the peace process, click here.

The Portsmouth Public Library maintains an micorfilm archive of local newspapers and an index of the relevant Treaty reporting and other related materials. The archive of original newspapers, photographs and other documents is maintained by the Portsmouth Athenaeum.



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