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Posted: Feb 11 2012 at 2:51am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Big anniversary this year (2012) for the Washington DC cherry trees which so beautifully grace the Washington DC landscape around the Mall and monuments.

100 Years


They were a gift to the nation's capital from Tokyo through the work of Eliza Scidmore.

Read her story here in this great new picture book. It tells of Eliza and her perserverance in bring the trees to our nation's capital. - Eliza's Cherry Trees: Japan's Gift to America

A more detailed telling of the history of the trees and the annual festival that is synonymous with Spring in DC. - The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration

Martha Stewart has a couple great crafts with tissue paper:
Tissue Paper Cherry Blossom Tree Craft
Paper Cherry Blossom Display

Popcorn Cherry Blossom Craft for the younger set - really cute.

Cherry Blossom Art Project

Sakura Kirigami (paper cut flowers)


Lots of cute crochet projects:
Cherry Blossom Scarf
Cherry Blossom Clutch
Simple flowers


US Postal Service is issuing an awesome panoramic stamp in March to commemorate the annivesary.



Another stamp featuring the DC cherry blossoms was printed in 1960 to recognize 100 years of US-Japan relations.


Want to share in a sakura (Japanese for cherry blossom and trees) and cherry blossom study? Post thoughts and ideas...

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Posted: Feb 11 2012 at 3:53pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

I'm going to try to find a copy of this Japanese legend about Cherry trees. Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale

And it might be fun to include some talk about American cherry trees with are different, especially this month with Washington's Birthday, when we remember the fable/legend of "chopping down the cherry tree."



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Posted: Feb 11 2012 at 7:11pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

Oh, so FUN, Mary!!!!!! Love the new postage stamp; isn't it lovely? The girls will be SO EXCITED !

Thanks for the compilation and info. We may have to trade The Iditarod for Cherry Blossoms this March.

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Posted: Feb 12 2012 at 11:19pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

The National Park Service has a web cam for the cherry blossoms. Obviously still early for any blooms, but it will be fun to watch as the weather gets warmer. Here is the NPS bloom schedule info. The NPS has a lot of info on their site, including history.


And here are a couple more craft ideas:
Origami Sakura
Origami Sakura 2

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Posted: Feb 13 2012 at 3:04pm | IP Logged Quote hmbress

Mary, this is wonderful! We moved to the Washington DC area recently and have not yet seen the cherry blossoms, so this will be really helpful for us! Thank you!

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Posted: Feb 13 2012 at 4:50pm | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

Does anyone have a Cherry Tree poem in their repertoire? I found only ONE in my poem books and was going to go on-line later tonight, but just in case anyone wanted to "save me from myself."

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Posted: Feb 13 2012 at 5:04pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Suzanne,
Great idea. I didn't have any but googling did find this lovely little collection of cherry blossom haikus written by Basho. It's on YouTube.

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Posted: Feb 13 2012 at 5:05pm | IP Logged Quote JennGM

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Does anyone have a Cherry Tree poem in their repertoire? I found only ONE in my poem books and was going to go on-line later tonight, but just in case anyone wanted to "save me from myself."


Isn't there one about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree?

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The Falling Flowers ( Jennifer Reed) - story of a young girl in Japan that shares the experience of cherry blossoms with her grandmother for the first time.

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Posted: Feb 23 2012 at 1:53am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Simple tea light idea with tissue paper that has cherry blossoms on it. Not sure how easy tissue paper like that would be to find...


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Posted: Feb 28 2012 at 6:45pm | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

SuzanneG wrote:
Does anyone have a Cherry Tree poem in their repertoire? I found only ONE in my poem books and was going to go on-line later tonight, but just in case anyone wanted to "save me from myself."


One lovely one I learned in high school:

Loveliest of trees the cherry now by A.E. Housman

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Posted: Feb 29 2012 at 12:01am | IP Logged Quote SuzanneG

stellamaris wrote:
One lovely one I learned in high school:

Loveliest of trees the cherry now by A.E. Housman


Thank you, Caroline!!!!

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Posted: Feb 29 2012 at 6:43am | IP Logged Quote stellamaris

Your welcome, Suzanne. I thought of Foreign Lands by Robert Louis Srevenson as another poem that mentions cherry trees. It's a great classic to memorize, but it doesn't so much describe cherry trees as just mentions them. However, another option is sometimes good!

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Thanks so much for all of these ideas! We'll be heading to DC around Easter time and this is just great!
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Posted: March 01 2012 at 10:18am | IP Logged Quote JennGM

Hot news item!

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The National Park Service has announced the predicted peak bloom dates for cherry blossoms as being March 24 through March 31.
Peak dates are when the trees will be full of pink and white flowers.
Washington will celebrate 100 years with its famous cherry blossom trees.


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Posted: March 02 2012 at 1:30am | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Love the poems, Caroline.

Elynnmom, you are SO lucky...wish we were headed there this spring...

Just found this great craft idea on Pinterest and pinned it to our board. It comes from the Alphamom blog - It's so creative and the results are stunning!



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Posted: March 12 2012 at 6:15pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Another postage stamp (I think postage stamps are a curriculum... )




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Posted: March 23 2014 at 10:08pm | IP Logged Quote MaryM

Another cherry blossom art project to add to unit. Even though the big anniversary year has passed this is always a great spring theme.

Cherry blossoms in vase

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Of course, this year, the Festival has begun...and there are no cherry blossoms...and we are supposed to get snow tomorrow...



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