Teacher Workshop Resources
Washington’s Cherry Blossoms, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, and Cherry Blossoms in Japanese Culture
Library of Congress Science & Technology Resource Page – Cherry Blossoms:
Sakura: Cherry Blossoms
Members of the Library's team for "Sakura: Cherry Blossom as Living Symbols of Friendship" exhibition lead a gallery tour while discussing the special collections that illuminate the history of Washington's landmark cherry trees, the significance of cherry blossoms in Japan, and their continuing resonance in American culture and for Washingtonians in particular. Dating from the 18th to 21st centuries, the collection highlights include exquisite watercolor drawings of original blossom varieties, Japanese color woodblock prints and books, manuscripts, and an array of photographs, cartoons, posters, and other printed ephemera.
Anne McClelland. The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration. New Hampshire: Bunker Hill Publishing, Inc., 2005. Also see author’s Library of Congress Center for the Book talk webcast: http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=3689
Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney. Blooming Cherry Blossoms, Falling Cherry Blossoms: Symbolism of the Flower in Japanese Culture and History, webcast by 2009 Library of Congress Kluge Center Distinguished Chair for Modern Culture. http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4558
Japanese Prints and Japonisme:
Katherine L. Blood, James Douglas Farquhar, Sandy Kita and Lawrence E. Marceau. The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, and Substance. New York: Harry N. Abrams, in Association with the Library of Congress, 2001. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/ukiyo-e
LC Asian Collections and Resources:
Asian Division Reading Room: http://www.loc.gov/rr/asian
Library of Congress Asian Division: An Illustrated Guide: http://www.loc.gov/rr/asian/guide
LC Visual Collections including Stereographs:
Prints & Photographs Division Home Page: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division: An Illustrated Guide: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/guide
Prints & Photographs Division Stereograph Collection Online (includes select bibliography): http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/stereo
Read More About It
Hillier, Jack Ronald. The Japanese Picture Book. New York: Abrams, 1991
Kobayashi, Tadashi. Translated by Mark A. Harbison. Ukiyo-e: An Introduction to Japanese Woodblock Prints. Tokyo, New York, London: Kodansha International, 1997
Lane, Richard. Images from the Floating World: The Japanese Print. New York: G.P Putnam's Sons, 1978
Matsunosuke, Nishiyama. Translated by Gerald Groemer. Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan, 1600-1868. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1997
Meech, Julia and Gabriel P. Weisberg. Japonisme Comes to America: The Japanese Impact on the Graphic Arts, 1872-1925. New York: Abrams, 1990
Ohnuki-Tierney’s published works include the book Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History. The University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Shirane, Haruo. Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
Read More About It for Younger Readers
Prepared by the Young Readers Center
Blumberg, Rhoda. Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1985.
Esbaum, Jill. Cherry Blossoms Say Spring. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2012.
Kadohata, Cynthia. Kira-kira. Waterville, Me.: Thorndike Press, 2005.
Say, Allen. Grandfather’s Journey. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
Say, Allen. Once Under the Cherry Blossom Tree: An Old Japanese Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin,1974.
Snyder, Dianne. The Boy of the Three-Year Nap. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1988.
Welson, Yaeko Sugama. Cherry Blossoms in Twilight: Memories of a Japanese Girl. St. Louis, Mo.: Moonbridge Publications, 2007.
Zimmerman, Andrea. Eliza’s Cherry Trees: Japan’s Gift to America. New York: Pelican, 2011.
Resources outside the Library of Congress
U.S. National Park Service Cherry Blossom Festival Site – History of the Cherry Trees:
Roland M. Jefferson and Alan E. Fusonie. The Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees of Washington, D.C.: A Living Symbol of Friendship. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1977.
National Agricultural Library Special Collection: United States National Arboretum Collection Cherry Tree Files
National Agricultural Library Special Collection: Ronald Maurice Jefferson Collection Container List
Are you interested in learning strategies to explore twentieth-century Japanese and United States relations in the classroom? If so, register to attend the Library of Congress “Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship” Teacher Workshop. Participants will leave with strategies and materials they can use in their schools. The Workshop centers on the Library’s exhibition Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship. Learn how to make this era in history come alive for student using watercolor drawings of blossom varieties, Japanese books, and an array of photographs, posters, editorial cartoons, postcards and other printed ephemera. Among the cartoons are Clifford Berryman’s 1934 “Cherry Blossom Time in Washington,” which depicts Franklin Delano Roosevelt as the New Deal king, and a 1939 Herblock drawing about an approaching world war. The exhibition offers an opportunity to deepen understanding of Japanese cultural, intellectual, and social life.
- Thursday, March 29, 2012; 9:30am – 3 pm
- Saturday, March 31, 2012; 9:30 am – 3 pm
- Saturday, April 14, 2012; 9:30 am – 3 pm
Register for one-day workshops