A stunning day for Philadelphia’s Cherry Blossom Festival

The Japanese Government and the Japan Cherry Blossom Association have made gifts of cherry trees all around the world.  Besides Philadelphia’s Festival, there are Cherry Blossom Festivals across the United States, including Washington DC, San Francisco, and Macon, Georgia just to name a few. In 1952 cuttings from the original gift trees from Japan were donated to Japan by the United States to help augment cherry trees along the Arakawa River whose care had been neglected during the war.

In 1926, the Japanese Government gave 1,600 flowering trees to Philadelphia in honor of the 150th anniversary of American Independence. To carry on the legacy in appreciation of this gift, in 1998 the JASGP began a ten-year, donor-supported campaign of planting and maintaining 1,000 cherry blossom trees in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. These trees embody a core aspect of Philadelphia’s connection with Japan and are celebrated annually in our largest event – the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

Your financial contribution helps cover the cost to purchase, plant and water trees. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. Your donation will be recognized with a commemorative certificate, mailed to you or to the party of your choice.

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