2012 Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees

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 in spring 2012, the National Cherry Blossom Festival held an unprecedented tribute in honor of the 100-year anniversary of the gift.

The epic 5-week spectacular, held March 20 – April 27, 2012, unified and electrified the city, the nation, and the world. Washington, DC and the region was abuzz with excitement. Creativity and innovation permeated signature Festival events elevating them to new heights, and ground-breaking programming was put forth.

In honor of one of our nation’s most beloved treasures, and a living reminder of international friendship and the beauty of nature, the Centennial was a celebration of our past, present, and future – setting the stage for 2013 and beyond.

The grand commemoration would not have been possible without the support of Daiichi Sankyo Co, Ltd, 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. View all of the Centennial Host Committee Members.

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