National Cherry Blossom Festival Starts Today

Every year, Washington D.C. hosts “The Nation’s Greatest Springtime Celebration”, the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gifted 3000 cherry trees to the city in 1912, and the celebration “honor[s] the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.”

Events run from March 20 – April 14 and include boat and land tours, parties, galleries and more. The website even offers a “Bloom Watch” predictor so you can go when the trees are expected to be at their most beautiful.

For me, this is an excuse to share how absolutely gorgeous these trees can be when in bloom. Enjoy!

Petals swirl in the water (via lucy011218)