Culture 101: Bloom Watch

March 13, 2009 § 11 Comments

When we think of cherry blossoms, Japan immediately comes to mind. Fortunately, you don’t have to go to Japan to enjoy all the beautiful flowers. The nation’s capital, Washington D.C., is famous for its magnificent cherry blossoms. Most of the 3000 cherry trees in the capital actually originated from Japan. They were sent to America by the emperor of Japan as tokens of friendship.

The District of Colombia hosts a cherry blossoms festival each year. The nation’s capital will celebrate the festival 96th anniversary in April.

[Simon N.]


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§ 11 Responses to Culture 101: Bloom Watch

  • According to Accordions says:

    Are the flowers D.C. indigenous to that region?
    Admin – Washington (the state) has a lot of cherry blossoms too. I guess it’s not a real surprise, considering the state’s close ties with Japan.

  • Lindsey says:

    I’ve always wanted to get down to DC to see them … but have yet to do it!

  • from Email says:

    Vishy wrote:

    I didnt know about cherry blossoms in D.C. Washington state (where im from) has got some decent cherry blossoms too. but definately not as much.

  • Kyrie says:

    🙂 Yes, in DC, when the cherry blossom festival begins, people come to see the beautifulness, and it’s especially wonderful when the wind gently blows the petals off. It’s literally like something only seen from an anime.

    They’re not my favorite plant, but I could say they’re really close to being the best. 😛

  • zeniamai says:

    I really like cherry blossoms.. Don’t know if I can find some here in the Philippines.. When I can visit Japan or DC I would surely take a picture of me surrounded by the many cherry blossoms. That would be like living a fantasy…

  • That’s good to know – my brother is moving to D.C. Now I can tell him that there are cherry trees there!

  • HalfCrazy says:

    Hahaha, I thought cherry blossoms only grow in Japan!

  • diaryofmiel says:

    this is where the name of my email and first blog’s url (2004) originated from : shenmue. In a video game, it is a name of a tree which was cherry blossom ^_^ Unfortunately, we do not have it here in the Philippines

  • tobeme says:

    Spring is in the air! We also hold a Cherry Blossom festival in my town, Cherry Blossom Queen and all!

  • zmanowner says:

    Didnt know cherry blossoms where so popular in DC..hmmmhh…pretty picture…Zman sends

  • Cap says:

    Have been wanting to go to D.C. from California to see the blossoms bloom for years. This year I’m doing it. Will be there for five days (4/2 to 4/7), and that’s the predicted ‘peak bloom’ period. Can’t wait. The trip is on my ‘bucket list’ for my retirement.

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