Japan’s TBS network aired an hour-long cherry blossom program March 18 in which I discussed Eliza Scidmore’s role in bringing cherry trees to Washington. The film crew interviewed me at our home late last month. They were thrilled I had a first-edition copy of Scidmore’s 1892 book “Jinrikisha Days in Japan.”
I discussed Eliza Scidmore’s vision of creating a “Mukojima on the Potomac,” inspired by a mile-long avenue of cherry trees in Tokyo a century ago. I visited Mukojima in 2013.
Best to view this YouTube version with sound turned off. (Scidmore segment begins around minute 46 in full program and picks up again, after ads, at 53.)