Monday, March 30, 2009

The Cherry Blossom Festival

The Cherry Blosoom Festival
Sakura Celebration
By Ann McClellan
This book takes one through history and Sights of the National and Japanese Cherry Blossom Celebrations. There are four Sections; Japanese Cherry Trees, A Gift from Japan,National Cherry Blossom Festival and Cherry Blossom Today.

The First section is the Roots and Traditions of the Cherry(Sakura)trees. It highlights how Japanese view the Sakura Trees. Using Literature from Japanese writings. The Photographs are of screens drawn by Japanese artist. Covers some of the traditions for viewing the Blossoms. The Coined name Japonism, given by the Historians, is explained. Why was the name given and what Frenzy did it cause?
In the Second Section, also subtitled "A national Treasure in Washington" the history of the trees journey to DC is explored. How the Idea was started. What trails and tribulations accrued. Finally the planting of the trees on the Tidal Basin. A photo of the continuing planting by First Lady Bird Johnson was taken in 1965.
A Celebration of Spring For Over 50 Years, a subtitle for the third section. All the National Festivals from the early days to the now are depicted throughout. How did the festival expand from days to weeks? What happening during the World War II? The renaming of the trees during that time to Oriental Cherry Trees. Understandable due to who we were fighting. Pictures of Presidential Parades and Fireworks are very impressive.
The Last part is: Cherry Blossom Today-In Washington and Around the World. Tree are pictured in Japan and Washington. A Map is included of the DC area. Finally how to take care of and Propagate a Sakura(Cherry)tree.
This book is filled with a wide spread amount of Information. It is an easy read book. Has a Place in My Library.

1 comment:

  1. I actually went to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japan. I was stationed there in the Air Force in 1995-1998. I went to the one in 1996. It was in Hirosaki, Japan. I actually have a picture of me in front of the castle at Hirosaki Park.


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