A century ago, the city of Tokyo extended the kindest of gestures to the city of Washington, D.C.: an incredible gift of 3,000 of its acclaimed cherry trees. This gift was a true symbol of the strong bond between Japan and the United States. Planted along the idyllic Tidal Basin in the nation's capital, the trees have become the official emblem of springtime in the city, as they annually burst forth in late March and early April in a riot of gorgeous blooms of pink and white. Each year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival more than one million people come together from across the country and around the world to celebrate the beauty of spring and the meaning of international friendship.
Written by Ann McClellan, Photographs by Rob Blunt, hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN: 978-1-4262-0921-5.