Cherry Blossoms: In April, Cherry Blossoms bloom in Germany. In 1986 Tadashi Nakamura gifted cherry blossom trees to the city “Essen”, explicitly the district “Rüttenscheid” out of gratitude for having lived there for so long. He was one of the first Japanese to live in Essen after WW2. He died in Tokyo in 2009 at the age of 88. We “Essener” enjoy those beautiful trees at the “Rü” to this day.