Cherry Blossom SZN

This weekend at the 2019 ICNA-MAS Convention, I spent some time in DC, one of my favorite cities to go to. One really noticeable thing in the area were all the Cherry Blossom Trees! These trees come from Japan, and were planted as a gift of friendship to the United States. The cherry blossom trees symbolize the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.

The idea of planting these trees originated in 1885 by Mrs. Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, when she came back to Washington after her visit to Japan. She approached the U.S. Army Superintendent of the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds with the proposal that cherry trees be planted one day along the reclaimed Potomac waterfront. Although nothing came to fruition from her suggestion, the idea lived on, and from 1906-1912, thousands of cherry blossom trees were donated by the Japanese. They can be found all throughout the Potomac River area, the Capitol, and the Tidal Basin, giving Washington DC a beautiful pink touch during the months of March and April, when the trees blossom.

During the months of the blooming, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place, a great time for families and friends to gather and spend time at the park!