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First Lady Michelle Obama Plants Cherry Tree With Japanese Ambassador

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One hundred years ago, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to the United States, planted the first of the 3,000 cherry trees that were presented to Washington, D.C., by Tokyo as a symbol of friendship between the two countries.

To mark the occasion, First Lady Michelle Obama -- joined by Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and William H. Taft IV, the great-grandson of President Taft -- returned to the Tidal Basin along the Potomac River to plant a new sapling for future generations to enjoy.

Source: The White House, Matt Compton | More info: First Lady's remarks | Photo: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson


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