Art: Basin Battle

The cruciform-like rim of Washington's Tidal Basin was pink & white with cherry blossoms last week. As it has many times before, the city celebrated the event with a festival embracing barefoot dancers, band concerts, fireworks, and the crowning of the 10-year-old daughter of the Japanese Ambassador, Miss Sakiko Saito, as Queen of the Festival. The entire performance brought to the District of Columbia an estimated 200,000 visitors, who left behind in hotels, shops and theatres about $5,000,000 in cash.

With the boom of the fireworks still in their ears, an art...

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