October 19, 2022 – National Cherry Blossom Festival and All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Plant 30 Cherry Trees in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Communities

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Cyndi Sutton
National Cherry Blossom Festival


National Cherry Blossom Festival and All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Plant 30 Cherry Trees in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Communities 

Five tree plantings celebrating community spirit and Japanese culture will take place at local high schools and Georgetown University. 


Washington, D.C. [October 19, 2022] — The National Cherry Blossom Festival will join All Nippon Airways (ANA), a long-time supporter of the Festival, for five cherry tree plantings at local educational institutions in celebration of the blossoms that unite communities across the globe. Each selected institution has an active Japanese language and culture program. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Neighborhood Tree Planting Program is an effort to celebrate and share the gift of cherry trees throughout Washington, D.C. and surrounding areas. The program is a cornerstone of Festival community outreach efforts and helps create new National Cherry Blossom Festival traditions beyond the Tidal Basin. 

Okame and Yoshino cherry trees will be planted in five different locations, with commemoration ceremonies to take place on the following dates:  

  • Friday, October 21, 10 a.m. at South County High School in Lorton, Virginia |
  • Thursday, November 3, 10 a.m. at Langley High School in McLean, Virginia 
  • Wednesday, November 9, 1 p.m. at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 
  • Wednesday, November 16, 3 p.m. at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland 
  • Monday, November 21, 11 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Virginia 


The ceremonies will be attended by representatives from ANA and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Also in attendance will be staff and students from the institutions where the ceremonies will take place. 

“We are so grateful to partner with our longtime Festival sponsor ANA to continue to bring the joy of the beautiful blossoms to local communities,” said Diana Mayhew, President and CEO of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 

“ANA is proud to celebrate Japanese culture and natural beauty throughout the community in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival,” said Mr. Toshio Nomura, Executive Vice President, The Americas, ANA. “While the blossoms are fleeting each year, these trees will grow with the community spirit and intercultural understanding that each of these institutions promotes.” 

The ceremonies are open to the press and photos will be available upon request. Please contact Cyndi Sutton at cyndi@merakicommsgroup.com for more information. 



About the National Cherry Blossom Festival 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. The 2022 Festival, March 20-April 16, will include four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), and Twitter (@CherryBlossFest). 


About ANA 

Founded in 1952 with just two helicopters, All Nippon Airways (ANA) has grown to become the largest airline in Japan. ANA is a launch customer and the largest operator of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A member of Star Alliance since 1999, ANA has joint venture agreements with United Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines – giving it a truly global presence. The airline’s legacy of superior service has helped it earn SKYTRAX’s respected 5-Star rating every year since 2013, with ANA being the only Japanese airline to win this prestigious designation for nine consecutive years. ANA also has been recognized by Air Transport World as “Airline of the Year” three times (2007, 2013 and 2018); it is one of only a select few airlines to win this prominent award multiple times. In 2021, ANA was awarded the 5-star COVID-19 safety rating by SKYTRAX, recognizing the airline’s initiatives to provide a safe, clean and hygienic environment at airports and aboard aircraft, embodied in the ANA Care Promise.

For more information, please refer to the following link: www.fly-ana.com