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Naoko will be giving talks at the following dates:


19 March-Naoko is giving a lecture titled  ‘Cherry Ingram and his rich legacy’ at Keele University.

The University has the second largest collection of cherry trees in the UK and holds the National Collection of cherry trees.

24 March-Lecture about ‘Cherry’ Ingram and cherry blossoms at ‘Hanami festival’ at the Worldmuseum Leiden, the Netherlands.

18 April –The publication day for Naoko’s new book ‘The Martyr and the Red Kimono’ . A book launch event is organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, supported by Chatto & Windus.  In the launch, Naoko will give a talk about the book, followed by a drinks reception. The event is free of charge but registration is essential.

The Martyr and the Red Kimono



• 24 February-Naoko is speaking about ‘Cherry’ Ingram and the latest news of cherry blossoms in the UK and Japan at 6pm on Thursday, 24th February via zoom for the Oxfordshire Gardens Trust.
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17 March –  Lecture at Sherbourne ihstory Society
30 March – Cherry Blossom talk at RHS Wisley Gardens @7pm.
• 9  April –  Talk at Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, South Wales @5:30pm


 Zoom Talks

26 March –Webinar organized by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation. (in Japanese) 
7 April — Talk for a fundraising event of The Grange in Benenden, Kent. 
14 April–Talk for Highgate Hawkhurst Women’s Institute.   
23 April–Talk for Japan Association in the UK  (in Japanese) 



25 January – lecture for the Sutton Garden Garden Trust
6 March – cherry planting ceremony at the Earl of Cranbrook’s estate in Great Glemham, Suffolk
23  March – talk in Amsterdam—cancelled 
29 April – keynote speech at the Lantern Lighting Ceremony in Washington DC—cancelled 
9 April — talk at the Japan House––postponed
17 April — talk at the Birmingham Botanical Garden- ‘The Englishman who changed the face of spring’—cancelled 
7 May — talk at the Chipping Literary Festival at 11:30 am—cancelled 
• 9 May – talk at the Alde Valley Spring Festival in Suffolk—cancelled  

The event at the Alde Valley Spring Festival in Suffolk is now organized as a Zoom talk and will take place on Saturday 13 June 2020 at 4pm (GMT). The talk is free of charge but registration is needed. email to:


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