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View of cherry trees in full bloom and the Washington Monument
The cherry trees in full bloom and the Washington Monument

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Cherry Trees Planted in Washington, D.C.
March 27, 1912

When First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda planted those cherry trees, they were only a small part of a gift of 3,000 trees given to the U.S. by the Japanese government. The trees were planted along the Potomac Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial, in East Potomac Park, and on the White House grounds. Why do you think the Japanese gave the cherry trees to the U.S.?
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