The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way
—National Mall and Memorial Parks —
Each year, the National Park Service and the National Council of State Societies conduct the Lantern Lighting Ceremony. The Embassy of Japan appoints a Cherry Blossom Princess for the occasion. As the audience counts down from five, the lantern is lit in an exciting, traditional event that signals the arrival of Spring in the Nation’s Capital.
Originally offered in 1921 to complement Japan’s 1912 gift of flowering cherry trees, this 20-ton, 17th century stone lantern soon fell victim to deteriorating relations between the United States and Japan. For thirty-two more years it stood next to its twin in Tokyo’s Ueno Park, awaiting developments. Tensions erupted on December 7, 1941 after the Japanese military bombed U.S. naval forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. When cultural ties, peace, amity and commerce reemerged following World War II, Ambassador Sadao Iguchi of Japan presented the lantern to the city of Washington, D.C. Dedicated on March 30, 1954, the lantern celebrates the centennial of the opening of peaceful relations between the two nations. This 1854 event is also honored by a Washington Monument commemorative stone, a United States Navy Memorial bas-relief, and the Japanese pagoda on the opposite [sic] side of the Tidal Basin.
Anatomy of a Stone Lantern - ishidourou:
A. houju - a sacred
B. kasa - cherry blossom-adorned hood.
C. hibukuro - fire box with moon phases.
D. chuudai - lotus flower middle base.
E. soa - lantern support.
F. kiso - lantern base.
G. kidan - lantern platform.
(Images provided by the National Park Service, National Capital Region.)
Erected 2009 by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.211′ N, 77° 2.471′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Independence Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in the grass off Independence Avenue, east of West Basin Drive, SW, near the crosswalk west of the Tidal Basin Bridge, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Symbol of International Friendship (here, next to this marker); 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 (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); District of Columbia War Memorial John Paul Jones Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Also see . . . Wikipedia entry for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. (Submitted on April 6, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. National Cherry Blossom Festival
Categories. • Peace • Politics • War, World II •
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