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New Plaza In D.C. Marks Origin Of Cherry Blossoms

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A woman (R) takes pictures of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Americans celebrating the beauty of Washington's landmark pink cherry blossoms this spring have at heart the tragedies jolting Japan, which gave the trees to the United States. More than 27,000 people are dead or missing, and two weeks after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the aging nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, rescue work is still under way to avoid a major nuclear disaster. As many as one million people are expected to stream through the Mall esplanade area during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 26 through April 10. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman (R) takes pictures of cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin on March 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Americans celebrating the beauty of Washington’s landmark pink cherry blossoms this spring have at heart the tragedies jolting Japan, which gave the trees to the United States. More than 27,000 people are dead or missing, and two weeks after the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the aging nuclear plant in northeastern Japan, rescue work is still under way to avoid a major nuclear disaster. As many as one million people are expected to stream through the Mall esplanade area during the Cherry Blossom Festival from March 26 through April 10. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A 360-year-old Japanese stone lantern that sits among Washington’s cherry blossom trees now has a more prominent place on the National Mall.

The nonprofit Trust for the National Mall and Japan’s ambassador are unveiling a new granite plaza for the lantern Friday along the Tidal Basin. The $400,000 project began in April.

The centuries-old stone lantern sits among the original cherry trees that were a gift from Japan 101 years ago. The lantern and original trees are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remain a symbol of friendship between the United States and Japan.

The new plaza features natural stone boulders and a memorial plaque commemorating the 1912 gift of cherry trees.

The Japanese government sponsored the project with the Japan Commerce Association of Washington.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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