Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.
by Making These Do-It-Yourself Japanese Pop-Up Cards
In 1912, the people of Tokyo, Japan, gave a beautiful gift to the people of the United States in the form of 3000 flowering cherry trees that were planted in Washington, D.C. More trees were added through the years, but some of those original trees are still alive, and this year we're celebrating their centennial. From March 20 to April 27th, Washington will host a series of spectacular events to commemorate Japan's contribution to the our nation's capitol.
As part of the celebration, noted paper engineer, teacher, and book artist Carol Barton has designed a set of Japanese pop-up cards to make. The do-it-yourself pop-up projects will be given out at the National Building Museum's Family Cherry Blossom Days, March 24th and 25th. If you're not able to attend the festivities, you can download the photos and instructions here for a Japanese pop-up tea house and pop-up Miagima Torii Gate. Print the projects onto card weight (heavier) paper, cut them out, and follow the directions to make your own Cherry Blossom Festival pop-ups.
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