2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of the original gift of cherry trees from Japan to the United States in 1912. Planted at the Tidal Basin of the Potomac River in the nation's capital and supplemented with more cherry trees over the years, the blossoming cherry trees of Washington DC have become a national treasure and attract hundreds of thousands of viewers to the "Cherry Blossom Festival" along the Potomac each spring.
This spring also the one-year anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region. Memorial events to commemorate the disaster and fundraising events to support those affected by the tragedy will also be held at this time.
Anime Boston is a proud supporter of the Centennial Celebration of the Gift of Trees and the Japan Spring Festival in Boston initiatives. For more information about related events, please check the Japan Society of Boston's website at http://www.japansocietyboston.org/sakura/eng, and the Festival website at http://www.japanfestivalboston.org/.