By Erin Ashley, Will Price, Jack Gleckler, and Tedi Delashmet
Every year, Athens community members anticipate the blooming of the cherry blossom trees along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
These trees were a gift from Chubu University, a partner school to Ohio University. Chubu University is located in Japan and has had a tremendous impact in bringing Japanese culture to Athens, Ohio.
Whether it be to take photos or simply appreciate the beauty behind the blossoms, people come from far and wide just to catch a glimpse at these trees.
It is through the partnership of Chubu University and Ohio University in people can acknowledge and value diversity within the community.
The Yamada International House is home to departments of the Center for International Studies at Ohio University. In 2004, Ohio University was able to renovate this building due to a generous grant from Chubu University. As an expression of gratitude, Ohio University named the building after Chubu University’s late President and Chancellor, Kazuo Yamada.
Because of this, international students are able to have a home away from home.
Beyond the blossoms, the Athens community and Ohio University celebrate diversity and international relations during the International Street Fair. This event draws people to the heart of Athens to celebrate heritage and culture.
People bask in each other’s cuisines, music styles, and celebrations to appreciate the diversity of the world around them. It is through celebrations like these that the community is brought together.