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The ‘Royal’ Peepul Tree

A seedling planted 58 years ago in the lawns of the Japanese embassy in New Delhi now stands tall as a magnificent peepul tree. The seedling was planted by Crown Prince Akihito and his wife Michiko during their maiden visit to India in 1960, Japanese ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu told guests at the reception he hosted last week to celebrate the 85th birthday of Emperor Akihito. During that visit, the newly married couple also attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the India International Centre. Ambassador Hiramatsu also told guests that this was the last opportunity to celebrate the birthday of Emperor Akihito as the National Day since he will be abdicating on April 30 next year, marking the end of 30 years on the throne.