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A beautiful gift book commemorating the nation's most cherished springtime tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, through original works of art from the Library of Congress collections

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MARI NAKAHARA is the Curator of Architecture, Design, and Engineering in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, and she was formerly a Japanese specialist in its Asian Division. Before coming to the Library, Nakahara had worked at the Octagon, New York Public Library, Skyscraper Museum, Columbia University, and Tokyo Metropolitan University. KATHERINE BLOOD is Curator of Fine Prints in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. She has co-curated several exhibitions including "The Floating World of Ukiyo-e" for which she also co-authored the exhibition catalog (Abrams, 2001).

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THE DC LINE
The 108-year-old gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, finds fresh life in a vibrant new keepsake book from Smithsonian Books, Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections From the Library of Congress. The slim, image-heavy volume explores the art, photography and object holdings of multiple divisions of the Library of Congress pertinent to the gift of trees in 1912 as well as how the trees became icons and catalysts of celebration in DC. THE GEORGETOWN DISH
With its delightful illustrations, everything from vintage posters to woodblock prints and botanical watercolors, Cherry Blossoms: Sakura Collections from the Library of Congress celebrates the thousand year-old Japanese springtime tradition.

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