February 10, 2014 Library of Congress to Host Events in Celebration of National Cherry Blossom Festival
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The Library of Congress will again participate in Washington’s annual celebration of its gift of cherry trees from Japan with two events during the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The events will take place in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street, S.E. in Washington, D.C. A lecture by Ann McClellan is presented by the Library’s Asian Division. Japanese Culture Day is presented by the Asian Division and the Center for the Book. Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed.
Lecture by Ann McClellan
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ann McClellan, a renowned expert on the gift of cherry trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, D.C. and author of two books on the subject, lectures on the history of the gift. Location: Whittall Pavilion, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building. Note: Book-signing will be held between 11:30 a.m. and noon.
Learning Japanese Culture
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learning Japanese Culture introduces children and adults to Japanese culture through origami, trying on kimonos and other activities. The 2014 Cherry Blossom princesses will instruct children in the art of tiara-making. At 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., will present “Japan-In-A-Suitcase,” a program about Japanese life and culture. The Library’s Young Readers Center will provide an opportunity for children to explore the center’s library of current and classic books. Location: Young Readers Center (LJ G29), Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building.
The Asian Division of the Library of Congress holds more than 3 million books, periodicals, newspapers, electronic media and a large number of manuscripts from Asia. The collection is the most comprehensive source of Asian-language materials outside of Asia, and covers the area ranging from Japan, China, Korea, Mongolia and the South Asian subcontinent to Southeast Asia. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.