Meg Waite Clayton: A Short History Of The Cherry Trees
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. in 1912, to honor the friendship between the United States and Japan. First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park on March 27 of that year.
Three years later, we sent flowering dogwoods to Japan, and in 1927, a group of schoolchildren reenacting the planting of the trees began what became our nation's annual Cherry Blossom Festival. When Japanese Prince Takamatsu brought his bride to see the trees on his honeymoon four years later, crowds gathered to welcome them.
Some of the largest and most beautiful of the trees were cut down by vandals in the middle of the night shortly after Pearl Harbor, and shortly thereafter charges were raised that the trees had been stolen from Korea and China, and ought to be designated Korean cherry trees. The animosity didn't stop the trees from blooming, t
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