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American University Honors Cherry Blossom Centennial With Art Exhibition

04/ 6/12 06:04 AM ET AP

WASHINGTON -- The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington is opening two new exhibits marking the 100th anniversary of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States.

This week, the museum opened a new exhibit featuring 70 pieces of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints borrowed from the Japan Ukiyoe Museum's Sakai Collection. The exhibit, "Floating World," focuses on the cherry blossom theme and the early period of U.S. and Japanese cultural exchange.

The American University museum also is opening "Thousand Regards" to feature Japanese-American artist Tomokazu Matsuyama's blend of Eastern and Western styles in painting and sculpture. Curators say his work is influenced by both the austerity of post-war art and the extravagance of popular culture.

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  • Spring At The MLK Jr. Memorial

    German exchange students Alena Stasen, right, Clara Herrmann, center, and Rose Modersohn, take souvenir pictures under cherry blossom trees at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.

  • Relaxing Under The Trees

    Enjoying beautiful weather under the fragrant shade of blooming cherry trees.

  • Scott Circle

    The Winfield Scott statue is just visible through the cherry blossom trees in Scott Circle.

  • Photographing The Jefferson Memorial

    A person takes a picture of the Jefferson Memorial behind cherry blossoms, which have come into full bloom due to the early warm weather along the East Coast.

  • The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC

    In the distance, the Jefferson Memorial can be seen through the delicate pick blossoms in the foreground.

  • Framing The Washington Memorial

    The Washington Monument in Washington, DC can be seen as a back drop to the Cherry blossoms in full bloom.

  • Sunset At The Tidal Basin

    The sun sets behind cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin, which have come into full bloom due to the early warm weather along the East Coast.

  • Sunset At The Tidal Basin

    The sun sets behind cherry blossoms, which have come into full bloom due to the early warm weather along the East Coast.

  • At The Capitol

    A dogwood tree is in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol.

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