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Sakura Lanterns, with Japanese kanji characters. Sakura (櫻花) means cherry tree in Japan, and this style of lantern is associated with the annual cherry blossom festival (hanami, 花見, lit. "flower viewing"). Hanami at night is called yozakura (夜桜, literally night sakura). In many places such as Ueno Park, these temporary paper lanterns are hung for the purpose of yozakura. [parts from Wikipedia]
More than 1.5 million visitors descend on Washington, DC each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees. The accompanying National Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring like none other, with three packed weeks of diverse activities that highlight the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the peaceful relationship between the United States and Japan. #DCCherryblossoms #CherryBlossomDC
The National Cherry Blossom Festival. See the blossoming of thousands of cherry trees on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. The capital welcomes spring with this annual tradition begun by the gift of 600 trees to the United States from Japan in 1912.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, D.C., commemorating the March 27, 1912, gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. Mayor Ozaki donated the trees in an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the United States and Japan and also celebrate the continued close relationship between the two nations.
Cherry Blossoms in Bloom; Washington D.C. The Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of Japanese Cherry Trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington. They were almost removed in 1937/38 so the Jefferson Memorial could be built. Thankfully, the trees were not removed and the memorial could still be built. The festival draw millions of visitors each year from all around the world.