This year the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC is beginning its 16 day celebration by marking the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan.
"People are encouraged to gather reflect and participate in the walk around the Tidal Basin, where the cherry blossom trees, gifted to Washington, DC from Tokyo in 1912, have stood the test of time for 99 years. Our relationship with Japan is at the heart of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and the Festival is uniquely positioned as a natural conduit to unite the millions of people who want to assist and express their support in a show of unity, and the evening of hope and perseverance occurs before the 16-day celebration begins on Saturday, March 26." - Cherry Blossom Committee. All proceeds will benefit the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund.
The Freer|Sackler Archives wish all your colleagues, friends and family members in Japan safety, comfort and healing, and hope that the bonds forged through art between that country and our institution more than a century ago will endure for many more.