The planting of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the city of Washington, D.C. from the city of Tokyo, Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or ''Sakura'', is an exalted plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture through the ages. The Cherry Blossom Festival was sponsored jointly by many civic groups in 1935 and became an annual event in subsequent years. Show your support for the Festival year-round with this colorful, durable tote bag. It measures 13 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 8 inches deep.