Before researching this, I really didn’t know there was a National Cherry Blossom Queen. Read on to see how simple the selection is and the massive crown they wear.
Since 1948, she is chosen by a random spin of a wheel of fortune by the Japan Ambassador in Washington, D.C.
As for her tremendous crown, she is can only wear it for like, 5 minutes. It is that heavy! The crown contains more than two pounds of gold and has 1,585 pearls. In 1957 the President of Mikimoto Pearls, Inc., donated the Mikimoto Pearl Crown. The crown contains more than two pounds of gold and has 1,585 pearls. The queen will wear this crown, a miniature crown of gold, with a pearl topping each point.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival begins March 20 in DC.