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NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

WELCOME TO THE NATION’S GREATEST SPRINGTIME CELEBRATION!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC, and celebrates the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Today’s Festival now spans four weeks and welcomes more than 1.5 million people to enjoy diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Events are primarily free and open to the public.

HIGHLIGHTS

2018 FESTIVAL IMAGES

See why today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings to one of the world’s greatest celebrations of spring. Explore the rich history of the Festival with highlights from past festivals and our many special events.

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2019 OFFICIAL FESTIVAL ARTWORK

ABOUT THE 2019 OFFICIAL ARTIST - SIMON BULL

Simon Bull’s work celebrates the joy and mystery of life through the bold use of color and intriguing painting techniques. While his inspiration is broadly drawn from the natural world, it is the vivid use of color that truly defines his paintings.Simon is the recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has exhibited widely throughout the world, especially in the US, China, Europe and his native London. In 2007, he formed a working relationship with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who selected him to chronicle his career through a series of portraits that included joint portraits of both the champ and President Obama. The British-born artist is now a US citizen and resides in California.

The 2019 Commemorative Poster is available for purchase here.

History of the Cherry Blossom Trees and Festival

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