An outstanding spring-time event - Washington National Cherry Blossom Festival - was opened in West Potomac Park, Apr 5, as Japanese Ambassador, Koichiro Asaki and his daughter Akiko simulated the lighting of an ancient Japanese Stone Lantern.
CU Cherry Blossom Tree, not in bloom
GV Crowd against Jefferson Memorial
MV Japanese Ambassador Koichiro Asaki and daughter by stone lantern
CU Ambassador and daughter
MV Miss Asaki simulates lighting lantern
LV of dais
MV Interior Secretary Seaton crowns Miss Bretthauao 'Queen'
MV Seaton kisses 'Queen'
SLV 'Queens' on sdais
GV Drum majorettes in procession
SV 'Dakota' float
SV 'Texas' float
SV 'Queen' in car
SV 'Virginia' float
SV 'Mississippi' float
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Background: An outstanding spring-time event - Washington National Cherry Blossom Festival - was opened in West Potomac Park, Apr 5, as Japanese Ambassador, Koichiro Asaki and his daughter Akiko simulated the lighting of an ancient Japanese Stone Lantern. Highlight of the celebrations was the election and crowning of a Festival Queen from 50 princesses at a wind-swept pageant. Apr 9.
Gusts of cold wind reached 45 miles an hour at times as the 50 lovely princesses, representing all American states and territories paraded at a musical review as a huge carnival wheel of fortune - bearing names of all the states - revolved to bring Lady Luck to bear on pretty Roberta Bretthauer, from Riverton, New Jersey. She received a great ovation as American Interior Secretary, Fred Seaton, crowned her "Queen of the Festival".
Later, a spectacular illuminated night procession - Parade of Princesses" - was held as thousands lined the route to watch the Queen and Princesses pass on their colourful state floats precede by lines of drum majorettes.
Owing to the bad weather, this year, the cherry trees - presented by Japan in 1912 - did not blossom. First tree was planted by Mrs William Howard Taft, wife of the then President, at a ceremony intended as an outward expression of friendship between people of the two nations. First Cherry Blossom Festival was held in 1927 when Washington school-children re-enacted planting of trees