The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
MARCH 20 – APRIL 12, 2015
“Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.” Read all about the intriguing history of this event along with visitor information and events at http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.
An ongoing variety of cultural events, contests, art, music and more continues throughout the festival dates in the Washington D.C. area–the capital city of the United States. You can read about the many interesting events on the Japanese Embassy website link: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc/events-dc-2.html#CherryBlossom.
I sure wish I could attend the festival. The cherry trees must be beautiful, and the events going on throughout the area seem to be a great mix of outstanding cultural experiences. Having visited Hikone Castle in Japan in May, I missed the cherry blossoms there as well; but posted is a photo of the cherry trees around Hikone Castle at blossom time. Beautiful!