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On “Kwansan” by Kōkichi Tsunoi

Kwansan watercolor Kōkichi Tsunoi 1921

By David Yamaguchi
The North American Post

The delicate cherry blossoms watercolor is one of 11 scientifically accurate drawings Tsunoi gave to the Smithsonian collection (https://www.loc.gov/). He painted them of the 12 varieties of sakura trees that Japan gifted the US in 1912 which were planted along the Washington DC waterfront. The trees come from the Arakawa River, which flows into Tokyo from the northwest.

Info: “Not All Cherry Blossoms Are the Same,” smithsonianmag.com (2020).

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David Yamaguchi is a third-generation Japanese American [Sansei]. He has written for the Post since 2006, at first as a volunteer, later as a paid freelancer. He joined the paper's staff in May 2020, when he began learning how articles flow from Word files through layout to social media.