March 21, 2010 2 Comments
by Elias Shams
The best time of the year to be in DC is here again next week, the Washington Cherry Blossom time from March 27 till April 11.
First, here is a little bit of history for the non-Washingtonians or those of you not familiar with the Festival:
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as gift of friendship to the United States from the people of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree or “Sakura“, as it is called by the Japanese people, is one of the most exalted flowering plants. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformations Japanese Culture has undergone through the ages. The date when the Yoshino cherry blossoms reach peak bloom varies from year to year, depending on weather conditions.