On Saturday I took the metro into D.C. and went to the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. I’ve been going for the past four or five years to just this festival, but this year we decided to also go to the actually cherry blossoms.
The cherry blossoms trees were a gift in 1912. The Japanese mayor, Yukio Ozaki, gifted 3,000 trees to the U.S. to celebrate friendship. There are now 3,750 trees with 16 different variations.
You can visit the cherry blossom trees any time in April. The National Park Service try to have the trees bloom around April 4th, but sometimes the weather doesn’t allow that. The street festival is planned around when the trees are mostly in bloom so that you can make a day of it all.
|Waiting in line for some food|
|My sister's chicken teriyaki chicken. (So yummy)|
|My Thai tea. (So delicious)|
Since I go every year, I know exactly what every table has (except for jewelry tables…) and I typically don’t buy anything. My sister bought a new cell phone charm and a Kimmidoll, and my mom bought a necklace and earrings set.
After we were all done looking we decided to get onto the metro an go to the actual trees. We walked past the Washington Monument, (which was damaged by an earthquake we had a few years ago) and we walked all the way to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. I didn’t actually go into the monument, because I had been more recently than my mom and sister, but they went all the way up and in.
We then went back to the metro and went home.