The first thematic park got inaugurated in Athens
Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis attended the inauguration of the first thematic park in Greek capital, Japanese public garden.
The garden was created with the support of JT International Hellas under the auspices of the Japanese Embassy.
On this occasion, mayor Bakoyannis stated: “Athens is a modern, dynamic metropolis. It is an open city, open to new ideas, ready to move forward with daring and determination and a city that is exceptionally proud of its glorious past and equally proud of its dynamic present. It is a city that invests a great deal in openness”.
Japanese Ambassador to Greece Yasunori Nakayama said: “Japanese gardens are one of the traditional cultural and spiritual symbols of Japan and their history goes back to the 6th century AD. They have features that vary according to the seasons, while their changing landscape during the four seasons is always dear to the Japanese as they find a special beauty in the changes of all things that reflect the passage of time.”
The process of creating the park involved the removal of 180 cubic metres of concrete, curbing and rubble that had been illegally dumped on the site, the addition of 350 cubic metres of fertile soil, with the creation of small hills to increase the usable surface area, and the planting of 50 trees and 3,000 shrubs, reports Greek City Times.
Mayor of Athens concluded: “We believe strongly in the diplomacy of cities, the diplomacy of peoples and allow me to say that I am especially proud, because we are taking a very great step in cementing the ties of two ancient civilisations, two civilisations whose roots go back to the depths of history, two peoples that feel, in spite of the great geographical distance between us, that on a cultural level we converse and engage in discourse”.
Photo credit: Greek City Times