Cherry blossoms at the National Mall, Washington, DC, USA
National Cherry Blossom Festival
This week marks the begin of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry bushes from Japan to the United States city of Washington, DC, in 1912. The National Park Service says that during a two-week duration each spring, the festival draws more than 1,000,000 site visitors to the National Mall, aka Americas Front Yard. In Japan, the custom of picnicking under the cherry blossoms is called hanami, and its said to be more awesome at night, whilst revelers dangle lanterns from the tree branches to light up the blooms.