This year marks the 100th anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 cherry trees as a sign of friendship with the United States.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at a dinner in Washington, DC last night. She announced a gift of 3,000 dogwood trees for the people of Japan.
About 100 of the original 3,000 trees donated to the U.S. in 1912 are still alive in Washington’s Tidal Basin. Prior to the dinner, Clinton and Noda toured Samurai: the Warrior Transformed, an exhibition on display in the National Geographic gallery.