2015 UW Cherry Blossoms

The trees were a gift from Japan in 1939, and they were
originally planted in the Arboretum. As luck would have
it, they were planted directly in the path
of the 520 bridge, which was to be constructed twenty-five years later. So, in 1962, on a near-panic basis, with the bulldozers bearing down on the
first trees, they dug up the trees hastily, transported them to the Quad,
planted them there, and then everyone just crossed their fingers.
And the first spring they all bloomed, and they have been for
the last 50 years. [music] [music] I think what’s the most appealing
part is we’re just coming out of wintertime so everything’s been drab and
stark. And then you see the first flowers, the first daffodils and crocuses
and of course, the cherry trees are right after
that, and it gives everybody hope for the summer. [music] I think the trees have become many things to many
different people. I feel like in Japanese culture it’s a way for
them to come together and maybe not feel so homesick. For people that grew up in America, it’s a way to experience maybe what other people culturally have
experienced for years and years. So, I think it’s a good cross-cultural
connection and also just a way for people to get together and hang out. [music] They just make you feel good, especially when the sun’s out and you have the pink blow all over and people are
throwing a Frisbee and people are playing music and everybody’s happy. It’s just a good time. So you walk into the Quad and if you’re in a bad mood, you never leave in a bad mood. [music] I would encourage everyone to go see
them because even though they’re living a healthy life right now, they’re not gonna be here forever. And definitely in our lifetime, we will see big changes in the future.

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