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Cherry Blossom D.C.

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on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of Cherry Blossom D.C.

History Organizers/Stakeholders Tangible Experience Legacy The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event that celebrates springtime in Washington, DC as well as the 1912 gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. This year’s festival is March 20 through April 14, 2013. In the spring on 1934, the Washington DC Commissioners hosted a 3 day celebration for the blooming Japanese cherry blossom.

And in 1935, various groups started the very first National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Last year (2012) celebrated 100 years since the planting of the first two trees and because of the unusually warmer weather, the blossoms are blooming earlier. The very first Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1935... but they began coming to the America's in 1885, when Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore's took her visits to Japan. Her planting idea to add beauty to the waterfront by Potomac River was delayed for many years by Washington's bureaucrats.
In the meantime, she and her very influential friends started buying and donating these flowering trees for school grounds. It wasn't until early 1909, when first lady Helen Taft took personal interest in planting Japanese cherry blossoms.

Washington bureaucrats took notice of the first lady's passion and decided to plant 90 trees along the Potomac River.

The 3,020 trees are shipped by sea to Seattle, WA and by special designed rail car to it's final destination in the spring of 1912.

On March 27, 1912 first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador together planted the first two trees. Tradition for today's first Lady to plant a cheery blossom tree. Cherry Picks Restaurants are the participating locations within the dining whelm that celebrate the festival through incorporating cherry blossoms.

Learning about the science behind the cherry tree is a cherished activity for visitors, enhancing not only their knowledge behind the tree, but also how to nourish a relationship The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is the most prevalent event within Washington, which takes place on the last Saturday of the festival.
Two hour televised parade is headed by floats, balloons, marching bands, and youth participates.
The parade showcase’s the variety of the performing arts and allows all performers to participate in celebrating friendship. Visitors honor the festival by purchasing merchandise.
This past year in honor of celebrating 100 years of the gift of trees merchandise included; posters, necklaces, give a tree cards, note cards, t-shirts, hats, and limited edition silk screened prints.
The biggest ticket items were the history books which include; Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, The Cherry Blossom Festival- Sakura Celebration, Cherry Blossom Friends, and Eliza’s Cherry Trees: Japan’s Gift to America. The Cherry Blossom Festival, the Washington, D.C. metro area community has booming profits during this festival period.
Visitors from across the United States and from all over the world come to Washington D.C. when the cherry blossoms are at their peak bloom during the beginning of spring.
Each year, this sixteen day festival attracts more than one million visitors!
Last year along over one hundred million dollars were spent in the D.C. area because of the festival. Japanese street performances. These performers bring you to Tokyo without you having to leave Washington D.C. Goodwill Ambassador Restaurants in the D.C. area offer special menus influenced by the cherry blossom festival with a lot of cherries and Japanese culture. Photography classes that show visitors how to take photos of the cherry blossoms for the best and more beautiful result, Japanese musical performers, art exhibits, and an opportunity to have high tea on a 90-minute river cruise overlooking the cherry blossom trees. “Bike and Roll Kiosk” puts together a two-hour ride package through Washington D.C. Riders get to see the blooming cherry blossom trees as well as the national capital. Trees from 1912 have become what is now the celebration of the spring in our nation’s capital.
This festival has brought together not only our nation but it has bonded us with the country of Japan.

The president’s wife will plant a new tree in the spring after inauguration to add to the city.

Trees have also been donated to school in and around the D.C. area for children to plant them and learn the importance of what the tree stands for.
Symbol of friendship.
They are learning the importance and understanding of the history of their country. By teaching the youth of today this it is instilling in them the importance of values and morals and it is holding that true for the next generation as well.
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