On the weekend of February 4, I spent several hours with a film crew from Japan, explaining the origin of Washington’s cherry blossoms and Eliza Scidmore’s role in helping to bring them to America. They’re producing a documentary for the TBS network, to air March 18, 2017, as part of its “Mystery Hunter” series.
What a hard-working group they were. They visited me at home for an interview on Friday afternoon — just hours after arriving on a long flight from Tokyo!
We regrouped on Sunday in West Potomac Park, at the site where the first cherry trees from Japan were planted in March 1912. Fortunately, as production coordinator Keiji “Jinn” Nishimura (back center) told me, they also filmed the cherry trees in bloom last spring, so they have footage of the peak season.
It was a joy to meet and work with such talented professionals.
After leaving me at mid-afternoon on Sunday, they headed off across town to film … the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl!