Produced in paperback for 2012 only, The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is lavishly illustrated, offering a fascinating and informative look into one of the world’s greatest festivals and the flowering trees it honors. The exuberant festival in Washington, DC celebrates the ethereal and glorious springtime blooming of the ancient cherry blossom trees and their role today as an instrument of diplomacy, landscape enhancement and eternal sign of spring and romance.
The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration includes the story of the ornamental trees’ cultivation and significance in Japan for more than 1000 years, how they came to the U.S. and their importance as representatives of Japanese and American friendship. It includes listings of important cherry blossom tree collections and other significant viewing sites throughout the U.W. and Japan.
Cherry blossoms are explored as symbols in Japanese art and artifacts, and in images of Japonism found in Western art. Extensive illustrations complement the intriguing stories of how Japanese cherry blossom trees came to be planted around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and of the development of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which honors the trees and their extraordinary beauty.
The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration, published by Bunker Hill Publishing, is sure to enlighten and entertain everyone touched by the cherry blossoms’ transcendent beauty and delighted by the festivals that honor them.