This year marks the 10th anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, which caused devastating damage to the country and people and the tragic loss of nearly 20,000 lives.
The earthquake may have shaken Japan, but it only strengthened the friendship between Japan and the United States. We remember with profound gratitude our greatest supporters and friends in America who, more than any other country, responded with critical aid and heartfelt messages of hope when we needed it most. Much like the cherry trees along the Tidal Basin—originally a gift from Japan to the U.S. in 1912 and a symbol of renewal—our friendship has continued to grow with every year.
The blossoms carry a special meaning on this anniversary. The Embassy of Japan is proud to sponsor sculptures that honor our enduring friendship with the U.S. “Blossoms on the Mall” celebrates the unity of two cultures spanning over a century: Japanese cherry trees, bestowed more than 100 years ago, blending in harmony with iconic Washington landmarks to illustrate a rich, joint legacy of alliance. The depiction perfectly depicts the spirit of our present partnership and the lasting ties that we share. This bond between Japan and the U.S. continues to thrive, blossoming evermore from mutual appreciation and commitment into a lifelong Unshakable Friendship.
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