This captivating keepsake book, now in paperback, is filled with beautiful photographs, an overview of events and activities, and memorable stories in honour of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Learn about the history, lore, celebrations, fabulous art, parties, and much more that bring together over one million people from across the country and around the world to celebrate the beauty of spring and the meaning of international friendship. For more than 100 years, The National Cherry Blossom Festival has celebrated Japan's grand gesture of international friendship that has made this exquisite springtime experience possible--the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C. in 1912. Today, the Festival electrifies millions of residents and visitors from around the world. This commemorative book serves as a tribute to - and stunningly beautiful record of - the Festival's rich history. In more than 200 ravishing pages, Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcases eye-catching historical photographs and colourful contemporary images from award-winning photographer Ron Blunt that capture the true splendour of the blooming trees. It is a compelling memento for Festival-goers of any year and an inspiration for everyone who cherishes the cherry trees' joyful welcome to spring.