National Park Service. Cherry Blossom Festival. Last modified March 16, 2012.

National Cherry Blossom Festival.

A Symbol of Friendship


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?