This year (2012) marks the 100th year anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.
In 1912, Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift to celebrate the two nations growing friendship. The cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction when they reach full bloom in early spring.
For the past century, people from all over the world have gathered in Washington, DC to welcome the arrival of spring and to share the special season with each other. This year the National Cherry Blossom Festival will last five weeks to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the cherry blossom trees in Washington, DC. The splendid cherry trees, the focal point of the Cherry Blossom Festival, are constant reminders of the strong and enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.
For more information, visit: www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org