Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Sakura (Cherry Blossom).  Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas. 12 x 24 inches.  (2017).  $575. SOLD

On March 27, 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador planted the first two cherry blossom trees in West Potomac Park on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C.  The United States received the initial 3,020 trees as a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to show the special friendship between the United States and Japan.  The initial gift contained 12 varieties of cherry blossom trees which range in color from white to pink blossoms.  In grateful response, the United States gave the people of Japan the gift of flowering dogwood trees in 1915.

This painting attempts to capture the wonder and beauty of the cherry blossoms, and the gift of friendship between two nations.  Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese.

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