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It was a #Monumental day to be in the @cherryblossfest Parade 🌸 #CherryBlossomDC

Running better than our government... no training required 😂🌸 #10Miler #CherryBlossomDC #Twinning

This pic is a few weeks late but here's evidence that spring has indeed sprung in DC. All hail the cherry blossom trees 🙌🙌🙌 #cherryblossom #cherryblossomdc

We had a great day at the Southwest Waterfront Firework Festival, hope you did too!! #cherryblossom #cherryblossomdc

When I showed up to my client's house to ride with them to #cherryblossomdc, my heart jumped out of my chest when I saw that she had shaved her head. I can't put into words the feeling of pride that came over me. She has an amazing spirit to match her amazing style and I know she will go places many only dream of going.

We love our #BlossomVolunteers! Did you know that more than 1,000 volunteers contributed to the 2017 Festival? Thanks for all that you do! #volunteerweek #CherryBlossomDC @guestservicesinc

I saw the photographer aim, and I went for it. #pinktieparty #cherryblossomdc 🌸

One of those magical D.C. spring days🌸 #igdc #spring #acreativedc #cherryblossomdc


It has been a rough week in Washington so when I saw today is the 108th anniversary of the start of Cherry Blossom diplomacy, it seemed like a great subject for a FriYay post. Who doesn’t like cherry blossoms? Cherry Blossom diplomacy was the phrase attributed to the gift exchange between Tokyo and Washington, D.C. that began in 1909. Here are some fast facts:
1. 1885 - Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, the first woman board member of the National Geographic Society starts campaign to plant cherry trees in our nation’s capital.
2. April 1909 - Scidmore approaches First Lady Helen Herron Taft; whose husband Howard Taft was the newly elected 27th POTUS. Taft responds immediately and suggests the trees be planted along the Potomac. By April 13, 1909, 90 cherry trees were planted along the Potomac.
4. April 1909 - Jokichi Takamine, a Japanese chemist, and Mr. Midzuno, the Japanese consul to NYC, ask if Mrs. Taft would accept a gift of 2,000 cherry trees from Tokyo.
5. August 1909 - the gift of 2,000 cherry trees from Tokyo was made official by an announcement from the Japanese Embassy.
6. January 1910 – 2,000 diseased trees arrive and are destroyed per order of President Taft. Japan offers to send 3,000 more trees.
7. March 1912 - 3,020 healthy trees arrive in Washington and a tree planting ceremony was held with First Lady Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planting the first two trees on the Tidal Basin, which are still standing today.
8. 1915 – the United States gifts dogwood trees to Japan in reciprocation.
9. 1934 – First Cherry Blossom Festival was held.
10. 1941 – four cherry trees were cut down in suspected retaliation for the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
11. 1947 – The Cherry Blossom Festival, which was shut down during World War II, resumed.
12. 1965 – First Lady Lady Bird Johnson accepted 3,800 more trees in a reenactment of the 1912 ceremony with Ryuji Takeuchi, the wife of the Japanese ambassador.
13. 1981 – 1982 - Japanese horticulturists were given cuttings from the trees to replace cherry trees in Japan destroyed in a flood.
14. Present – the Cherry Blossom Festival has expanded to a four-weekend festival in the spring.

march 28th, 2016 // fell in love with DC about as fast as the cherry blossoms fell from the trees

My twist on cherry blossoms🌸🌸🌸
So I won't be posting this week- we are going on a Caribbean vacation! 🌴

#penandinkdrawing #cherryblossomtree #cherryblossomdc #cherryblossoms🌸 #zendoodles #detailmatters #flowerdoodle #flowers #flowerdesigns #blackandwhitedrawings #intricatedesign #artdoodle #doodlearts

Cherry Tree Blossoms in Arlington National Cemetery @arlingtonnatl

Cherry Tree Blossoms in Arlington National Cemetery

Cherry Tree Blossoms in Arlington National Cemetery.

That time me & Jel went to Washington DC 🇺🇸👭🥂 #USA #washingtondc #bestholidayever #definitelygoingback #unreal #holidaypics #thankful #cherryblossomdc

Diana Mayhew is "the lady in pink" who has - over the last 20 years - led the growth of the National Cherry Blossom Festival into an internationally recognized extravaganza, generating over 100 million dollars for Our Town. However, Diana has an “it takes a village” mentality and credits DC orgs, such as DowntownDC BID, and multitudes of volunteers and contractors for the NCBF’s success. Listen in to hear how Diana came to lead this effort, and how she has managed to keep it new, different and relevant year to year for its attendees, participants and Our Town. #OurTown #CherryBlossomDC #BlossomVolunteers #WomeninBusiness #HomegrownHistory #WorkingMoms http://ow.ly/aZt630dXyPB

You can't surround yourself with negativity and expect positive outcomes.

A little put-put outing with the #cherryblossomdc team today at lunch. @downtowndcbid #somuchmore

One last shot of the #CherryBlossoms overlooking the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in #WashingtonDC

I was born in Tokyo, and seeing the #CherryBlossoms in #DC reminded me of my childhood running amongst the petals...
"Each year, the #NationalCherryBlossomFestival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 #cherrytrees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of #WashingtonDC"
The #JapanesePagoda in #WestPotomacPark, Washington, D.C, located next to the #TidalBasin, a gift by the mayor of Yokohama, Japan in 1957.

Another shot of the Washington Monument and the cherry blossoms around the tidal basin in Washington DC

Cherry blossoms on Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background... we were lucky to catch them this spring!

We were lucky this spring to see the last of the Cherry Blossoms blooming in DC-- here they are on the Tidal Basin with a view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

We were lucky this spring to see the last of the Cherry Blossoms blooming in DC-- here they are on the Tidal Basin with a view of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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