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Selected Internet Resources—Cherry Blossoms (Science Reference Services) These Internet sources link to information about the 3,000 cherry trees given as a gift from the city of Tokyo to the people of Washington, DC in 1912.

National Arboretum U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.

Today in History (July 29) The Harris Treaty (Today in History) On this date in 1858, the United States and Japan signed a commerce treaty.

Today in History (March 27) Potomac Blossoms (Today in History) On this date in 1912, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted two Yoshino cherry trees on the northern bank of the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. The event celebrated the Japanese government.

American Memory Timeline: World War II—Japanese American Internment (Presentation) Learn about the treatment of Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Mrs. Taft Plants a Tree—How the Cherry Blossoms Came to Washington (PDF, 4.25MB)

Amy Uyematsu (Webcast) Poet Uyematsu is a sansei (third-generation Japanese) and lives near Los Angeles. View her 2006 National Book Festival presentation.

Asian Collections: Library of Congress Illustrated Guide (Presentation) This online guide provides an overview of the Asian Collections at the Library of Congress. Visit the Asian Reading Room for additional online resources.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (Presentation) The Library of Congress celebrates the millions of Asian/Pacific Americans whose contributions have helped make America a strong, free society.

Country Studies: Asia (International) Link to an online description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of Asian countries. Updated information on some countries can be accessed in Country Profiles.

Databases and E-Resources at the Library of Congress: Asian Studies (Internet Resources) Many of these online resources related to Asia are publicly available.

Fine Prints—Japanese Pre–1915 (Prints and Photographs) About seventy percent of a collection of more than 2,500 woodblock prints and drawings by Japanese artists of the seventeenth through early twentieth centuries is currently available online. Scroll to the bottom of this page to conduct a search or learn more about this collection.

The Floating World of Ukiyo-E (Exhibition) This exhibition showcases the Library's holdings of Japanese prints, books, and drawings from the 17th to the 19th centuries and is complemented by related works by 20th century Japanese and Western artists.

The Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (American Memory Collection) Search this collection using the term "United States. Dept. of State. Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs" for interviews describing foreign affairs in Asian countries.

Immigration: Japanese (Presentation) Learn about the Japanese experience in America from the mid 1800s to modern times. Be sure to click the globe on the left to view patterns of Japanese immigration across the United States.

On the Cutting Edge: Contemporary Japanese Prints (Exhibition) This exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of the College Women's Association of Japan Print Show.

A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources (American Folklife Center) This guide provides information on many useful print and electronic publications for folklife educators. Click on the name of an Asian country for information and Internet links.

World Treasures of the Library of Congress (Exhibition) The Library's international collections include research materials in more than 460 languages and in many media. This exhibition includes many treasures from the Asian Division.

Japan American Society of America—Washington, DC (external link)

Origami Patterns (external link)

Resources outside the Library of Congress

National Archives

 National Endowment for the Humanities

National Gallery of Art

  • Teaching Edo Art in Japan, 1615–1868
    An overview of two centuries of art and culture in the city now known as Tokyo. Ceramics, screens, textiles, prints, paintings, and armor are among the materials examined in this program. Includes activities and bibliography.
  • Loan Materials Finder
    Numerous Asian art programs may be borrowed free-of-charge from the National Gallery of Art's Department of Education Resources covering a broad range of topics for countries including Cambodia, China, Indonesia and Japan.

National Park Service

Smithsonian Institution

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