Lavishly illustrated and fact-filled The Cherry Blossom Festival: Sakura Celebration is a glorious tribute of one of the world's great festivals. From Tokyo to Washington, exuberant festivals celebrate the spring-time blooming of the ancient cherry tree. Ann McClellan's book explores the history and symbolism surrounding the cherry blossom, including the story of the tree's thousand year old cultivation and significance in Japan. Extensive illustrations complement intriguing stories of how the trees came to America and how the likes of Eliza Scidmore, Helen Taft, and Lady Bird Johnson played pivotal roles in bringing the trees to the tidal Basin in the capital. Ann McClellan has held executive positions at the Smithsonian, The World Wildlife Fund and The American Association of Museums. A Washington, DC, resident, she is always astonished by its cherry blossoms, and treasures her memory of traveling with the cherry front as it moved north in Japan, the petals falling on her last day in Tokyo. The Cherry Blossom Festival is the Official National Cherry Blossom Festival publication.