On this day in history, March 27, 1912, Washington, D.C., cherry trees planted, gift from people of Tokyo

On March 27, 1912, a momentous event occurred in Washington, D.C. – the planting of 3,000 cherry trees, a gift from the people of Tokyo, Japan.

The cherry trees were the idea of Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore, a writer and photographer who had long admired their beauty while living in Japan. Scidmore was determined to bring cherry trees to Washington, but it wasn’t until 1909 that her efforts were successful. After years of lobbying, the mayor of Tokyo finally agreed to the gift and arranged for the trees to be sent to the United States.

When the trees arrived in Washington, D.C., they were planted in a large grove along the Potomac River, near the Jefferson Memorial. The trees were a sign of friendship between the two nations, and the event was celebrated with a grand ceremony attended by government officials and dignitaries.

Since then, the cherry trees have become a symbol of Washington, D.C., and are a source of pride for both the United States and Japan. Every year, thousands of people flock to the city to witness the breathtaking bloom of the cherry trees in the spring.

Today, the cherry trees in Washington, D.C., are a reminder of the friendship between the two nations and the generosity of the people of Tokyo. On this day in history, March 27, 1912, Washington, D.C., was blessed with the gift of 3,000 cherry trees – a lasting symbol of friendship.