The Tidal Basin in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Symbol of International Friendship
National Mall and Memorial Parks
—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
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, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.211′ N, 77° 2.473′ W. Marker is in The Tidal Basin Touch for map. The markers border the sidewalk on Independence Avenue heading east, directly before arriving at the Kutz Bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lighting the Way (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 (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named 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 Tidal Basin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 29, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.