Cherry Blossoms

Starting with the 1852 Treaty of Kanagawa, which opened Japan to limited trade and ensured the safety of shipwrecked American seamen washed ashore in Japan, the National Archives holds many records related to the United States' relationship with that nation. 

In the spring in Washington, the cherry trees and their beautiful pink and white flowers that bloom in late March are celebrated. Every year, Cherry Blossom Festival performers put on a colorful show right in front of the National Archives. The majority of the trees are located near the Tidal Basin, where they are most commonly viewed. The Japanese cherry trees were a gift from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington on March 27, 1912. 

The National Archives Store has a joyful selection of blossom-filled designs on apparel and gift items that celebrate the long-lasting gift from Mayor Ozaki. These items will bring spring to your home year round! Purchases from the National Archives Store generate financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records, to people around the U.S. and the world.