2012 Centennial Cherry Blossoms
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A Once In A Lifetime Celebration
In 1912, an incredible gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees was bestowed on Washington, DC by Tokyo, Japan. Rooted strongly and surviving outside elements, the trees have withstood the test of time – and nearly a century later, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is preparing for an unprecedented and once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
The epic 5-week spectacular, from March 20 – April 27, 2012, will unify and electrify the city, the nation, and the world. Washington, DC and the region will be abuzz with excitement. Creativity and innovation will permeate signature Festival events elevating them to new heights, and ground-breaking Centennial exhibitions and programming will amaze and delight. Timeless traditions. Rich culture. Renowned artists. World-class performers. The community at its best!
In honor of one of our nation’s most beloved treasures, and a living reminder of international friendship and the beauty of nature, we look forward to celebrating with you the 100thanniversary of the gift of trees – and setting the stage for the next 100 years. There will be no doubt that spring has sprung. We will paint the town pink and want you to join us.
The grand commemoration would not be possible without the support of Daiichi Sankyo Co, Ltd, co-chair of the Centennial Host Committee. Daiichi Sankyo, a global leader in pharmaceutical innovation since 1899, has a unique connection to the cherry blossoms. Nearly a century ago, a world-famous chemist and Sankyo’s first president, Dr. Jokichi Takamine, played a pivotal role in arranging the gift of trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, DC.