Celebrating a century of cherry blossoms in Washington DC
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Celebrating a century of cherry blossoms in Washington DC

Washington : DC : USA | Mar 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM PDT
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It was in 1912 that cherry blossoms imported from Japan changed the landscape of the then Tidal Basin, now Washington DC.

They were gifted by Japan and now attract millions of visitors who come to enjoy the sight of the blossoms.

It seems that earlier in 1910, a shipment of 2000 of these trees had been burnt down by the US because they feared that these could be carriers of insects and diseases. Subsequently, Japan sent another shipment of 3020 trees.

Japan and the US would be celebrating the occasion on the 27th March when the first sapling was planted – it would be a month long cherry blossom festival.

The warm weather is expected to bring in an early bloom and ushers in spring with the trees looking as if covered with snow.

On this very special occasion, Japan plans to have an orchestra program in which famous Japanese bands would perform – bands like all-girl J-Pop idol band AKB48 and R&B sensation Misia.

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