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Friday, March 29, 2013

101 years of Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

This is a wonderful time of the year in the Washington D.C. area.   Every year, local residents and hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy the National Cherry Blossom Festival, especially along the Tidal Basin near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.  This festival  commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. This very special gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the people of these two countries.  

Having spent more than 9 years in Japan on three different occasions, the cherry blossoms carry special meaning and emotion for me.  This is an example of one of my Chinese Brush Art painting of some local cherry blossoms.