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On Sakhalin there was a ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the Square of Japanese-Russian friendship
In Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, a solemn ceremony was held for laying the first stone of the Russian-Japanese friendship square. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sergei Nadsadin, the Chairman of the Sakhalin Oblast Government, Sergey Khotochkin, the Archbishop of Sakhalin and Kuril Tikhon, as well as representatives of the Japanese Consulate General in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.
The square is designed by Japanese landscape designers. It is planned that it will consist of two parts - Japanese and Russian, and birches and sakura will be planted on its territory. In its center will put a monument symbolizing the friendship of the two countries.
The square will become part of a business complex called Hokkaido Center. According to the plan of the organizers, it will be a whole complex of buildings, sports facilities and a recreation area, which is being erected in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk by the Russian-Japanese joint venture "Hodeg" ("Hokkaido Developers Group"). The first indoor tennis court in the Sakhalin Region will be built next to the business center for year-round operation.
“I am convinced that after the opening, the park will become one of the favorite places of recreation for citizens and guests of the city and a decoration of the regional capital,” said Sergey Khotochkin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Sakhalin Region, sharing his hopes.
After the congratulatory speeches, Archbishop Yuzhno-Sakhalinsky and Kuril Tikhon conducted a ceremony of consecrating the stone.