Cherry Blossom Viewing Time
Oliver T. Carr, Jr., Chairman of the Oliver Carr Company and managing member of Willard Associates, has commissioned two pieces of artwork in honor of Willard Hotel’s significance to the history ofAmerican-Japanese relations. The two nations signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1858, and in 1860 a delegation of three Japanese samurai ambassadors traveled to the U.S. to exchange the treaty’s instruments of ratification with the U.S. State Department. The delegation lodged at the Willard Hotel during this historic visit.
The paintings celebrate Tokyo’s gift of the Cherry Blossom trees to the United States in 1912, and are representative of cultural exchange and friendship between America and Japan.