This is a guest post by Naomi Coquillon of the Interpretive Programs Office.
In this print by artist Hiroshige Ando (1797â1858), sightseers view cherry blossoms along the Sumida River in Japan.
As spring slowly blossoms in Washington, weâre gearing up for our celebration of all things windy, flowery & new with our Spring Fling Pop-Up Exhibition. Open April 6, 7, 13 & 14, the pop-up invites visitors to experience the living history of the National Cherry Blossom Festival through rare drawings and photographs; learn about the weather, seasons, gardens & botany from books and maps; explore the imaginations of leading writers through literature & poetry; discover springtime cultural traditions from around the world; & feel the beat of the season with music & films that depict these spirited months.
For those who canât join us in person, follow the hashtag #SpringFling to see updates from the exhibit & join the fun by:
Practicing Hanami (blossom viewing). Widely celebrated in Japanese literature, poetry and art, âsakuraâ (cherry blossoms) carry layered meanings. For example, because they bloom briefly, the blossoms are often seen as a metaphor for the ephemeral beauty of living. At the same time, the joyful practice of âhanamiâ is an old & ongoing tradition. If there are no cherry blossoms where you are, explore our online exhibition Sakura: Cherry Blossoms as Living Symbols of Friendship.
Dancing to the Beat of the Season. âAppalachian Spring,â the Libraryâs Pulitzer Prize-winning music & ballet commission, will be on view in the pop-up exhibit, but you can see…