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The Tidal Basin in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Gift of Friendship

Japanese Pagoda

 

— National Mall & Memorial Parks, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
The Gift of Friendship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2011
1. The Gift of Friendship Marker
Inscription.  
This 3,800 pound, 17th century Japanese Pagoda arrived in the Nation’s Capital in 1957 as a gift from Mayor Ryozo Hiranuma of Yokohama, Japan. Its parts packed in five shipping crates with no assembly instructions, the pagoda required the staff of the Library of Congress to determine how to reconstruct it accurately. Former District of Columbia Commissioner Renah Camalier arranged for its placement here among the flowering cherry trees Japan donated in 1912.

On April 18, 1958, the pagoda was dedicated in continuing recognition of the centennial of the peaceful relations established between the United States and Japan at Yokohama on March 31, 1854 as a special gift from Japan to the United States. That landmark event also is honored by a Washington Monument commemorative stone, a United States Navy Memorial bronze bas-relief, and the Japanese Lantern across the Tidal Basin.

Pagodas originated in India as stupas, or burial tombs, which represented birth, creation, and the center of the universe. Buddhism transformed the stupa into the more spiritual pagoda found atop mountains or along ancient roads as a symbol of reverence
The Gift of Friendship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2011
2. The Gift of Friendship Marker
for natural elements. Consider how this pagoda remains symbolic of a Japanese garden, which traditionally emphasizes balance among the elements of water, stone, and vegetation.


[Rendering of the gift pagoda, delineating the elements: "Sky", "Wind", "Fire", and "Water"]

Graphics provided by the National Park Service
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 52.942′ N, 77° 2.469′ W. Marker is in The Tidal Basin, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Ohio Drive Southwest south of West Basin Drive Southwest, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located near the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. River Bottom to Parkland (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (about 700 feet away); Air Mail (about 700 feet away); Forgotten Founder (approx. 0.2 miles away); Defender of Liberty (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Thomas Jefferson (approx. ¼ mile away); Canada's Gift to the United States
The Tidal Basin, viewed from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2011
3. The Tidal Basin, viewed from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
The Gift of Friendship Marker is among the cherry trees on bend in the shoreline to the left. The MLK, Jr. Memorial is visible, upper right.
(approx. ¼ mile away); The First Japanese Cherry Trees (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Tidal Basin.
 
Regarding The Gift of Friendship. This marker replaced the original "pagoda" marker at this location - see the "Related Marker" listed below.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
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The Gift of Friendship Marker with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in view across the Tidal Basin image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
4. The Gift of Friendship Marker with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in view across the Tidal Basin
Close-up of the Gift of Friendship Pagoda image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
5. Close-up of the Gift of Friendship Pagoda
with the Jefferson Memorial visible through the winter barren limbs of the Japanese cherry tree, upper upper right.
The southeast entrance to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial - image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 16, 2012
6. The southeast entrance to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial -
- adjacent to the Gift of Friendship Marker.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 860 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on December 16, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 16, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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