The Greater Boston - Japan Cherry Blossom Festival 2012
The Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees runs from March through June 2012
- By Jacqueline Drouin
2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to the nation’s capital in 1912. Japan will mark this Centennial with new gifts of cherry trees to Washington and to a number of other American cities, Boston among them.
These blossoming cherry trees of Washington DC have become a national treasure and attract hundreds of thousands of viewers to the "Cherry Blossom Festival" along the Potomac each spring. The Consulate General of Japan in Boston will arrange ceremonial cherry tree plantings in many Boston parks and public places.
The gift of new cherry trees will be accompanied with a rich festival of Japanese cultural events in Boston. The events will begin in March 2012 and will continue until the end of April.
Events include a Hope for Tahoku Concert at the New England Conservatory on March 30, a Kitanodai & Gagaku Concert and Reception at the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 9, and a Kodo Lecture Demonstration by Shoeido at the Children’s Museum on April 9.
The months are full of activities that are aimed at student-aged children. The April School Vacation Week Activities, from April 18-20, at the Isabella Gardner Museum coincides with the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Boston Children’s Museum that will take place from April 16 to April 21.