West National Mall Monuments & Memorials Self Guided Walking Tour and Printable Map

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In the early 1900s, Eliza Scidmore spearheaded several attempts to introduce cherry blossom trees along the banks of the Tidal Basin. She had first observed the trees while visiting Japan. During one of Ms. Scidmore’s fundraising efforts, she contacted First Lady Helen Taft to share her idea. The First Lady had also enjoyed the trees when she lived in Japan.

Two prominent Japanese figures were in the District of Columbia during a fundraising event. One was Mr. Midzuno, the Japanese Consul to New York and the other was Mr. Takamine, the chemist who discovered adrenaline. Mr. Takamine asked the First Lady if he could donate 2,000 trees to the effort. Mr. Midzuno proposed that the trees be a gift from Tokyo to Washington to symbolize the growing friendship between the countries. Mrs. Taft gladly accepted the offer.

The Department of Agriculture burned the trees when the officials discovered that they were infested with pests and disease. Mr. Takamine offered to donate 3,000 trees when he heard about the loss. The replacements arrived on March 26, 1912. The cherry blossoms are related to the famous trees that line Tokyo’s Arakawa River. The following day, the First Lady and the Japanese ambassador’s wife attended a ceremony where the trees were planted near the Tidal Basin. Each spring, these famous sakura are now the central attraction of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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