Cherry Blossom Tree

Every spring, you can find cherry blossom trees coming to a full bloom in many areas of the U.S. Cherry Blossoms, known as “Sakuras" in Japanese, originate from the earths of Japan but came to the United States as a gift of friendship. However, the journey here was a long and hard one.

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The Pioneers

a picture of David Fairchild
 a picture of Elizah Scidmore

David Fairchild

As a young boy, his father became president of Kansas State Agricultural College. Through that, Fairchild was able to meet and hear from many scientists about their foreign expeditions. Growing up, Fairchild studied botany and eventually moved to Washington, D.C. There he found his dream job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a food explorer, traveling the world in search of new crops to introduce to the United States.

Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore

Scidmore was the first official female writer, photographer, and board member for National Geographic. She was infatuated with Japan, which had opened itself to western visitors during her time as a blooming journalist. She would visit Japan, indulging herself in the country's society and writing articles on the status of Japanese women and Japanese silkworms.

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