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Canon to host D.C.'s 100th cherry blossom festival

Cherry trees bloom during the Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry trees bloom during the Cherry Blossom Festival this past year near the Washington Monument at the Tidal Basin. (March 26, 2011) Credit: Getty Images, 2011

Lake Success-based Canon U.S.A. Inc. will be a sponsor of the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival in the nation's capital this year.

As part of its sponsorship commitment, Canon U.S.A. will support a festival initiative to plant cherry trees throughout the District of Columbia.

It will also be the main sponsor of a theater on the Washington Monument grounds, offering international music and dance acts. The theater will be designated the Canon Performance Stage at Sylvan Theater.

The 2012 Centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival, which lasts five weeks, starts March 20.

“Canon is honored to support the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as this year’s event marks the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees,” president and chief executive Joe Adachi said in a Wednesday statement.

“We are so proud to be a part of such a wonderful and meaningful celebration of beauty in nature and the close ties between the United States and Japan.”

The National Park Service, on its website, gives a brief history of the festival, saying that in 1912, more than 3,000 cherry trees "were donated in the name of the City of Tokyo to our Nation's Capital."

Photo: Cherry trees bloom during the Cherry Blossom Festival this past year near the Washington Monument at the Tidal Basin.

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