Cherry Blossoms

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For years now it has been on my bucket list to visit Washington DC during the annual blossoming of the cherry trees around the city.  I always seemed to be in the area a few weeks too early or too late for the blossoms, but this past weekend I made it to the city during their PEAK bloom time!  It was such an amazing experience, as the entire city was filled with tourist from all over the world, gathering to admire and photograph the beautiful pink blossoms the Japanese cherry trees produce. The city of Washington DC takes great pride in their annual display of cherry blossoms, there is even a week long celebration, a parade, and musical performances “highlighting Japanese culture and commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City to the city of Washington. The mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also to celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations”.  Although there were many ways to celebrate the blossoms this past weekend, my favorite experience was simply just taking a casual stroll through the National Mall and enjoying their beauty. The large lily-like pink blossoms are something everyone must experience at least once in their lives, but I plan on hopefully coming back every spring and making a tradition out of it.   Have any of you guys ever attended the National Cherry Blossom Festival before?

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