Stunning photographs are augmented by brief text that outlines the origins and the history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, illustrated with some historical photography showing the Festival’s evolution over the years. The majority of recent photographs come from award-winning photographer Ron Blunt, whose work can be viewed at the following website: www.ronbluntphto.com/.
This book, published by the National Geographic Society, is a breathtakingly beautiful record of the nation’s biggest springtime festival, an objet d’art to grace coffee tables around the globe, creating a lovely memory of the beauty and fragility of spring.
No other city greets the advent of spring quite like the nation’s capital. The historic Tidal Basin at the edge of the Potomac River is at its most brilliant, decorated with hues of bright pink and white, as the magnificent cherry trees swathe the landscape with their glorious blooms to usher in the spring season.
For more than 100 years, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has celebrated Japan’s grand gesture of international friendship that has made this exquisite springtime experience possible—the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, in 1912.
Today, the Festival electrifies millions of residents and visitors from around the world, as it educates and entertains them with groundbreaking exhibitions, renowned artists, world-class performers, and altogether amazing programming.
This commemorative book serves as a tribute to—and a stunningly beautiful record of—the Festival’s rich history. In more than 200 ravishing pages, Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcases eye-catching historical photographs and colorful contemporary images from award-winning photographer Ron Blunt that capture the true splendor of the blooming trees. It is a compelling memento for Festivalgoers of any year and an inspiration for everyone who cherishes the cherry trees’ joyful welcome to spring.