Gallery Talks

Gallery Talks for the exhibition Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship were held in the Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. For more information about the Gallery Talks please contact Susan Mordan-White at (202) 707–9203.

  • Wednesday, March 28 at noon
    Curators Mari Nakahara (Asian Division) and Katherine Blood (Prints and Photographs Division) will give a tour of the exhibition Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship.
  • Wednesday, April 4 at noon
    Curators Mari Nakahara (Asian Division) and Katherine Blood (Prints and Photographs Division) will discuss the gift of 3,000 cherry trees ("sakura" in Japanese) from the people of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC, as a symbol of enduring friendship between Japan and the United States.
  • Wednesday, April 11 at noon
    Curators Mari Nakahara (Asian Division) and Katherine Blood (Prints and Photographs Division) will discuss the historical significance of cherry blossoms in Japanese culture.
  • Wednesday, April 18 at noon
    Curators Mari Nakahara (Asian Division) and Katherine Blood (Prints and Photographs Division) will discuss the continuing resonance of the cherry blossoms in American culture and for Washingtonians in particular.
  • Wednesday, April 25 at noon
    Curators Mari Nakahara (Asian Division) and Katherine Blood (Prints and Photographs Division) will give a tour of the exhibition Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship (repeat of March 28 Gallery Talk).

Other Events

  • Thursday, March 29 at noon
    Lecture by John R. Malott, current President of the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. (Lecture on the history of the 1912 cherry blossom tree gift from the City of Tokyo to Washington).
    The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Asian Division Foyer (LJ-150)
    10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
  • Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Japanese Culture Day, “Exploring the Japanese Culture!”
    Young Reader's Center, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Young Readers Center, Room LJ-G29 (ground floor)
    10 First St. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540
  • Wednesday, April 11 at 1 p.m.
    Ceremonial event by 2012 and former NCBF Princesses (a short talk about the history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Princesses).
    The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Asian Division Reading Room (LJ-150)
    10 First St S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540
  • Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Japanese Culture Day, “Exploring the Japanese Culture!”
    Young Reader's Center, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
    The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Young Readers Center, Room LJ-G29 (ground floor)
    10 First St. S.E. Washington, D.C. 20540

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