Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way

Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (HMJPD)

Location: Washington, DC 20245
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.212', W 77° 2.479'

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— National Mall and Memorial Parks —

— National Cherry Blossom Festival —

Each year, the National Park Service and the National Council of State Societies conduct the Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the opening ceremonies of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Embassy of Japan appoints a Cherry Blossom Princess for the occasion. As the audience counts down from five, the lantern is lit in an exciting, traditional event that signals the arrival of Spring in the Nation's Capital.

Originally offered in 1921 to complement Japan's 1912 gift of flowering cherry trees, this 20-ton, 17th century stone lantern soon fell victim to deteriorating relations between the United States and Japan. For thirty-two more years it stood next to its twin in Tokyo's Ueno Park, awaiting developments. Tensions erupted on December 7, 1941 after the Japanese military bombed U.S. naval forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. When cultural ties, peace, amity and commerce reemerged following World War II, Ambassador Sadao Iguchi of Japan presented the lantern to the city of Washington, D.C. Dedicated on March 30, 1954, the lantern celebrates the centennial of the opening of peaceful relations between the two nations. This 1854 event is also honored by a Washington Monument commemorative stone, a United States Navy Memorial bas-relief, and the Japanese pagoda on the opposite [sic] side of the Tidal Basin.

Anatomy of a Stone Lantern - ishidourou:
A. houju - a sacred gem.
B. kasa - cherry blossom-adorned hood.
C. hibukuro - fire box with moon phases.
D. chuudai - lotus flower middle base.
E. soa - lantern support.
F. kiso - lantern base.
G. kidan - lantern platform.

(Images provided by the National Park Service, National Capital Region.)
Historical Period20th Century, Other
Historical PlaceOther
Marker TypeHistoric Object
Marker ClassNeither
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed1954
Placed ByNational Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker Condition
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 2:44pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
Location DescriptionLocated along the NE edge of the Tidal Basin, just W and S of Kutz Bridge (Independence Ave SW).
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322949 N 4306202
Decimal Degrees38.88686667, -77.04131667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.212', W 77° 2.479'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 12.7200" N, 77° 2' 28.7400" W
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Area Code(s)202
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , Washington DC 20245, US
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One of the POI for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Jr Ranger program.

Apr 6, 2017 at 9:56am PDT by l

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