The cherries of friendship in Washington

The cherries of friendship in Washington

Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki donated 3020 cherry tree saplings to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.

On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the first lady presented a bouquet of “American Beauty” roses to Viscountess Chinda. Washington’s renowned National Cherry Blossom Festival grew from this simple ceremony, witnessed by just a few persons.


 

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