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A Symbol of Friendship

Mar 26 2012
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Photo, a double flowering cherry tree_39, Apr. 26, 2009, ajari, Flickr

In 1912, First Lady Helen Taft and Iwa Chinda, wife of Japanese ambassador Sutemi Chinda, oversaw the planting of the first cherry trees, a gift from Japan, around the Washington, DC, Tidal Basin. This spring, the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of this first planting.

Following the history of goodwill symbols can tell you a lot about how international relations change over time. Are these statements about the cherry trees True or False?

  1. Vandals cut down four DC cherry trees on December 11, 1941.

    True

    False

  2. In 1952, the U.S. refused to supply Tokyo, Japan, with budwood to help it revive cherry trees neglected during World War II.

    True

    False

  3. In 1954, the U.S. received a 300-year-old stone lantern as a gift from Japan, to be placed among the cherry trees.

    True

    False

  4. The 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival made no official acknowledgement of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

    True

    False