Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony (Photos)

Kanako Mori, 2012 Embassy of Japan Princess, lights the Stone Lantern.
Photo by Jeff Malet
Kanako Mori, 2012 Embassy of Japan Princess, lights the Stone Lantern.

The Cherry Blossom Festival Japanese Stone Lantern Lighting Ceremony celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Gift of Trees, took place on Sunday, April 8 at the Tidal Basin. The lantern was carved 360 years ago. It was first lit in 1651 and was given to the City of Washington as a gift in 1954, symbolizing friendship and peace between Japan and the United States. The lantern is lit only once each year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. See photos of the ceremony by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet)

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