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.
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.
Enjoying beautiful weather under the fragrant shade of blooming cherry trees.
The Winfield Scott statue is just visible through the cherry blossom trees in Scott Circle.
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.
In the distance, the Jefferson Memorial can be seen through the delicate pick blossoms in the foreground.
The Washington Monument in Washington, DC can be seen as a back drop to the Cherry blossoms in full bloom.
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.
The sun sets behind cherry blossoms, which have come into full bloom due to the early warm weather along the East Coast.
A dogwood tree is in full bloom in front of the U.S. Capitol.