A beautiful gift book commemorating the nation’s most cherished springtime tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, through original works of art from the Library of Congress collections
Experience the splendor of the annual spring viewing of the nation’s sakura (cherry blossoms) with this stunning keepsake book. Original artwork, photographs, and objects from the Library of Congress collections illuminate the story of these landmark trees and how they came to the nation’s capital as a symbol of friendship with Japan. More than one million visitors from the US and abroad gather each year to enjoy Washington’s glorious profusion of cloud-like blossoms and join in the festivities. Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress showcases exquisite watercolor drawings of blossom varieties among the original cherry trees, Japanese woodblock prints by such master artists as Kiyonaga and Hiroshige, early 3-D stenographs and contemporary photos of the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms, mementos from a former cherry blossom princess, posters of the festival, and more. These works offer the opportunity to explore Japanese culture while celebrating Washington’s beloved cherry blossoms.
THE DC LINE “The 108-year-old gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, finds fresh life in a vibrant new keepsake book from Smithsonian Books, Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections From the Library of Congress. The slim, image-heavy volume explores the art, photography and object holdings of multiple divisions of the Library of Congress pertinent to the gift of trees in 1912 as well as how the trees became icons and catalysts of celebration in DC.”
THE GEORGETOWN DISH “With its delightful illustrations, everything from vintage posters to woodblock prints and botanical watercolors, Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congresscelebrates the thousand year-old Japanese springtime tradition.”