Exhibition: “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship”

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Exhibition at Library of Congress

In 1912 the city of Tokyo gave Washington, D.C., a gift of 3,000 flowering cherry trees (“sakura” in Japanese), as a symbol of enduring friendship between Japan and the United States. Despite a war, the friendship has prevailed, and the trees every spring have bestowed upon the U.S. capital a graceful beauty and a time-honored tradition of gathering and admiring the pink blossoms.

The Library of Congress will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift with an exhibition titled “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship,” opening on Tuesday, March 20, in the Graphic Arts Galleries on the ground floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The exhibition, which runs through Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

On display will be 54 items from the Library of Congress collections, illuminating the story of these landmark trees, the historical significance of cherry blossoms in Japan and their continuing resonance in American culture and for Washingtonians in particular.

Full text of the press release: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2012/12-028.html

Related events:

a)   Exhibition tour by curators
Graphic Arts Galleries, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
March 28, April 4, 11, 18, & 25, 2012, noon – 12:45 p.m.

b)   Exploring the Japanese Culture
Young Reader’s Center (LJ G29), Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of
Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
March 31 & April 14, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

c)   Lecture on cherry blossom tree gift by former Ambassador, Mr. John Malott
Asian Division Foyer (LJ-150), Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
March 29, 2012, noon – 1:00 p.m.

d)   Cherry Blossom Princesses (1948, 1974, 1981, & 2012) talk with donation
ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom brochures since 1948
Asian Division Foyer (LJ-150), Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
April 11, 2012, 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

e)   Manga Day
Asian Division Reading Room (LJ-150), Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC
June 9, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (date and time: tentative)

f)   Teacher’s Instituted (for teachers only)
Venue varies depending on the date
March 29 & 31, April 14, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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2 Responses to Exhibition: “Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship”

  1. morgansuity says:

    Ugh, I can’t believe I just missed this! The exhibits at the LoC have been the same for years, and now they change it with this super awesome one, and I go a month early!

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