Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. Today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from modest beginnings to the nation’s greatest springtime celebration spanning four weekends and including events such as the Blossom Kite Festival which showcases the creativity of kite makers and skill of fliers from across the US and other countries.

Text adapted from http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org

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