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Celebrating 110 Years of Cherry Blossoms – Pic of the Week

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Peak bloom arrived early in Washintgon, D.C. this year, beginning on March 22 as a lovely welcome to the spring season. This year also happens to be the 110th anniversary of Japan‘s gift of the cherry blossom trees to the United States on March 27, 1912. In my usual trend, I visited the blossoms to begin my morning before heading into the Library.

Landscape view photo of the tidal basin at sunrise, on the side of the Washington Monument. The Monument is across the basin, center-right, with fully bloomed cherry blossom trees in the foreground, lining up along the right side of the image. The sky is blue, tinged with purple clouds and a pink horizon. The sky is mirrored on the clear, still water of the basin.
Cherry blossom trees at the tidal basin in D.C. at sunrise. Photo taken and edited by Bailey DeSimone.

Did you know that this crop of cherry blossoms was not the first to arrive in the capital? The original 2,000-tree gift arrived in 1910 and was crowded with pests. Fortunately, the cherry blossoms we see today have bloomed beautifully for the past 110 years and will hopefully continue to symbolize both the return of springtime and the diplomatic friendship between the United States and Japan for many more years to come.

If you were unable to celebrate in person with us this year, the Library’s Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Examples of Friendship exhibit remains available to the public, where you can also learn the importance of the cherry blossom in Japanese culture. You can also create your own cherry blossom landscape with these free-to-use images of the cherry blossoms over the years.


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Comments (2)

  1. Seeing the Cherry Blossoms reminded me of the first time I saw them back in 1972 on a Girl Scout trip to Washinton, DC. The sight was glorious.

  2. Beautiful, a DC icon.

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