By: Alex Taylor
The cherry blossom is famous for its beauty. In Japanese culture, it can symbolize the circle of life. There are many types of cherry blossoms that are native to California and other parts of the US, but it wasn’t until the 1900s that cherry trees started being planted ornamentally. In 1912, Japan sent over 3,000 cherry trees to Washington D.C. as a symbol of the friendship between Japan and America. They were planted along the Potomac canal. Today, many of these cherry blossoms still stand and remind Americans of the friendship between the U.S. and Japan.