West Potomac Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Symbol of International Friendship
On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft, Viscountess Iwa Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador to the United States, and a small group of people assembled at the Tidal Basin. There they planted the first two of more than 3,000 flowering cherry trees that were given to the city of Washington, D.C. by the city of Tokyo. Afterwards Mrs. Taft presented Visountess Chinda with a bouquet of American Beauty roses. Four years later when the young trees bloomed, the blossoms began to serve as an annual reminder of the friendship between the United States and Japan.
The Two Original Trees
The grove you are looking at is the site of the original planting. Staying on the trails and the walkways helps protect the trees by preventing soil compaction.
Plaque on commemorative stone.
First Lady Helen Herron Taft
Viscountess Iwa Chinda
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 38° 53.211′ N, 77° 2.473′ W. Marker is in West Potomac Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue SW, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The markers border the sidewalk on Independence Avenue heading east, directly before arriving
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Stone Lantern (here, next to this marker but has been reported missing); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (here, next to this marker); Japanese Pagoda (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); John Paul Jones Memorial (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); District of Columbia World War Memorial (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); District of Columbia War Memorial (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away).
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