National Cherry Blossom Festival 2012
A hundred years ago, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gave Washington 3,000 cherry trees, sparking an annual obsession with the blossoms, an influx of springtime tourists, and a guessing game among arborists to predict when the trees will bloom.
To mark the centennial, this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival is a longer-than-usual five weeks—March 20 through April 27—mixing food, drink, art, music, and events. Check out our guide below to make sure you know where to stay, what to eat, and where to see the blooms during the festival.
FotoDC, in conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, is presenting the second annual Photography Contest to honor the 100-year anniversary of the gift of trees. We're showing off some of the beautiful photo entries here. To learn more about the contest visit cherryblossom.fotodc.org.
We narrowed the field to 19 National Cherry Blossom Festival must-dos.
There are lots of other places besides the jammed-up Tidal Basin to see cherry blossoms. We rounded up some of our favorite off-the-beaten-path spots.
The National Park Service's chief horiculturalist answered the question on Washingtonians' minds. See when the trees will be at peak bloom.
Washington bars and restaurants are serving up dozens of cherry-themed specials—just in time for the festival.
Want to brush up on your cherry tree history or impress your friends with some little-known flower facts? Here's a primer to study before you visit.
Eight young adults with a passion for Japanese culture, international relations, and community involvement are chosen each fall by a committee of festival board members to be goodwill ambassadors. During the Festival, they act as cultural liaisons, helping to bridge the gap between the two cultures.
These ten spots are a stone's throw from the finish line and will satisfy runners and observers alike.