Mr. Takata attended an event at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden in Pasadena, California. The Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is a private garden which has a beautiful Japanese teahouse, lake, and trees in the old part of Pasadena. It occassionally hosts events. The event was for the Hiroshima Green which planted a new tree in memory of the Hiroshima bomb dropped during WWII. Mr. Takata met Jiro Kawatsumi who was a survivor of the A-bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. He is now 88 years old and he was about 18 years old when the bomb struck. Mr. Kawatsumi gave a speech to the attendees. Mr. Kawatsumi is the person on the left in the photo below. There was also beautiful koto music.