The Postal Service commemorates the centennial of the gift of more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees from the city of Tokyo to Washington, DC. The stamps memorialize this gift honoring the friendship between the United States and Japan, and celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.
The two 45-cent First-Class Forever stamps — an artistic rendering of near mirror images — form the left and right halves of a panoramic view of blooming cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin. The left stamp depicts blossoming trees arching over two girls dressed in bright kimonos and a family on a stroll with the Washington Monument in the background. On the second stamp, the Jefferson Memorial forms the backdrop for tourists taking in the sights under a canopy of pink blooms.
Artist Paul Rogers of Pasadena, CA, worked with art director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, VA, to create the two stamp designs.
The event is free and open to the public.