News from Washington often isn’t so pleasant these days. But one of the U.S. capital’s most-celebrated springtime traditions begins this coming weekend: Its famed cherry trees are predicted to be in peak bloom.
More than 3,000 of the trees were presented as a gift by the city of Tokyo in 1912. The gesture of international good will has a rich history, but one of its more contentious episodes occurred 80 years ago: the Cherry Tree Rebellion.
1912年，东京将3000多棵樱花树作为礼物送给了华盛顿。这个代表国际友好的姿态拥有丰富的历史，但其最受争议的事件之一发生在80年前：樱花树叛乱(the Cherry Tree Rebellion)。
The trees had already become a favorite of Washingtonians by 1938, when construction was set to begin on the Jefferson Memorial. The site for the monument was along the Tidal Basin, where many of the trees had been planted.
The planned removal of the trees was opposed by parts of Washington society, in particular by the city’s newspapers. A group of women even briefly chained themselves to a tree on the site in an effort to stop construction.
An exasperated President Franklin D. Roosevelt dismissed the controversy — which died down soon after the memorial’s groundbreaking — as a “flimflam game” designed to sell newspapers.
被激怒的富兰克林·罗斯福总统(Franklin D. Roosevelt)谴责这场争议是为了报纸销量的“瞎胡闹”。争议在纪念碑奠基仪式结束后不久就平息了。
“If anybody wants to chain herself to the tree and the tree is in the way, we will move the tree and the lady and the chains, and transplant them to some other place,” he said.