March 7th, 2017
Year after year Washingtonians, Marylanders, Virginians and thousands of people throughout the world, visit the Tidal Basin and Potomac Park areas of Washington, D.C. WHY? To experience, embrace the blooming of the Japanese cherry blossom trees, and to partake in the Cherry Blossom festival.
What's so special about the cherry blossom trees? The symbolism, the history, and the beauty.
Let's begin with the symbolism: There are many symbols attached to the cherry blossom trees. The three most common one’s refer to the history we have with Japan and they are: love, friendship, and life. Here in the Washington, DC area, the cherry blossom trees also signify the beginning of Spring. Lastly, and where it all began, these trees are a gift from Japan, therefore a symbol of the United States' friendship with Japan. This year (2013), marked the 101 anniversary of the original ceremony and celebrations....pretty amazing!! And I was there!
Now, a little history: In 1912, thousands of Japanese cherry blossom trees were a gift to Washington, D.C. from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo...3,000 trees to be exact! What a lot of people are not aware of, is that the first batch of trees were actually sent in 1910. The problem – they were diseased, and therefore could not be planted. With a lot of coordination amongst several interested parties and the two governments...D.C. was able to accept and celebrate this magnificent gift from Japan.
Still today, the Japanese cherry blossom trees are an amazing gift which reaffirms and symbolizes the enduring friendship amongst the two countries. The cherry blossom trees cover a huge area ranging from the Washington Monument to the Jefferson Memorial, the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, and East Potomac Park including Hains Point. During cherry blossom peak season, the area is even more exquisite and absolutely breathtaking! By the way, cherry blossoms do not last long, that’s why the three-week festival and celebrations are at a very specific time, normally in April.
This year, I learned that there are two types of cherry trees in the areas I just mentioned. The first tree is called Kwanzan (pink blossoms), which are mostly found in East Potomac Park. The second tree is called Yoshino (white blossoms), which are seen around the Tidal Basin. Both trees are equally beautiful!
Now, wrapping it up with the beauty: Exquisite is the word that comes to mind. We can all view pictures of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms on the internet, in postcards, magazines and books. But nothing beats experiencing and enjoying the blossoming cherry trees in real life. Exquisite and breathtaking! So, for those of you in the area, pack a lunch and the family, and head downtown D.C. during next year's festival for a fun-filled day and experience. Those out of town and in other countries, consider a trip to DC. It would make for an amazing family vacation.
Article written April 2013
February 1st, 2015
I am so excited to announce that for a limited time (5 days), FineArtAmerica has allowed me to provide you a special New Year's discount for this very special Cherry Blossom piece.
Did you know there are many symbols attached to the cherry blossom trees? Yes indeed! The three most common one’s refer to the history we have with Japan and they are: love, friendship, and life. Here in the Washington, DC area, the cherry blossom trees also signify the beginning of Spring. Lastly, and where it all began, these trees are a gift from Japan, therefore a symbol of the United States' friendship with Japan. This year (2015), marks the 103rd anniversary of the original ceremony and celebrations....pretty amazing!! I was at the last two celebrations and look forward to this years'.
I invite you to purchase and be the proud owner of this cheerful cherry blossom scene that will brighten up any room and allow you to have a piece of Washington DC right in your own home, office, or Hotel.
This would make a great Mother's Day gift, Valentine's gift, Birthday gift or a "Just Because Your Special" gift.
There is a limited amount available for this special rate, so you will want to act fast (TODAY) while supplies last. Click "See More" button below to view the special and to order. To see other works, please feel free to visit my galleries and images (see tabs). Blessings! Enjoy!!
Emmy Marie Vickers