Every year over 1.5 million visitors flock to Washington, D.C. to see the iconic cherry blossoms. These blossoms and the cherry trees on which they bloom were originally a gift from Japan to the United States of America in 1912.
The gift of these trees and their little flowers was just the first chapter of a much bigger story. In the 107 years since their planting an entire festival has flourished around the pink and white blossoms at the Tidal Basin. Spring in Washington, D.C. has a month-long celebration of the enduring Japan-U.S. friendship. The National Cherry Blossom Festival allows both residents and tourists alike to sample a host of Japanese food, performances, traditions and culture.