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Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions: Blossom Viewing over the Centuries

Fleeting Beauty, Enduring Traditions: Blossom Viewing over the Centuries

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division curators Mari Nakahara and Katherine Blood will present an illustrated talk about their new book “Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress,” published by the Library in association with Smithsonian Books. The book highlights the rich connections between Japan’s centuries-old blossom viewing traditions and contemporary American counterparts through a stunning variety of artifacts housed at the Library: vintage photographs, unique watercolor drawings, colorful woodblock prints, and cleverly designed posters by both Japanese and American artists. The presenters will provide new insights into the Library’s cherry blossom collections and will feature a variety of recently acquired gifts, including National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) posters from 1987 to the present and NCBF and National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) Princess programs starting from 1949. The authors will also present new and ongoing cross-disciplinary research discoveries featuring signature collections in the Library’s Asian, Geography and Map, and Manuscript divisions.

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Japanese Culture Day

Japanese Culture Day

The Japanese Culture Day provides an exciting opportunity for K-12 children, their families, and teachers to learn about Japanese culture through reading, writing, and craft-making with Japanese cultural and linguistic professionals. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASW) will provide Japan-In-A-Suitcase, a program that introduces Japan and its culture. The National Conference of States Societies (NCSS) will bring cherry blossom princesses to make tiaras with children. Coinciding with the Olympics in Tokyo, Tsuyoshi Takemori from DC Yamato-juku Club will demonstrate Karate with his students. Karate will make its debut appearance at the Summer Olympics in 2020. He also plans to teach Kata to the audience, the solo form of the discipline; no violent movement is involved. The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library, offering access to the creative record of the United States —and extensive materials from around the world —both on-site and online. Japan-In-A-Suitcase will be presented at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., followed by Karate demonstration by Tsuyoshi Takemori. Takemori will be on-site between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to answer Q&A. Thomas Jefferson Building is one block from Capitol South Metro station. No parking on site is available.

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