It is almost here. The National Park Service issued its first forecast for the season on March 2. They predict that the cherry blossoms will reach peak bloom sometime during the period of March 31 to April 3. That’s earlier than the April 4 historical average and significantly earlier than we’ve seen in the past few years. The actual festival runs from March 20 to April 17, 2016 with the parade being held on April 16.
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.
Over the years, gifts have been exchanged between the two countries. In 1915, the United States Government reciprocated with a gift of flowering dogwood trees to the people of Japan. In 1981, the cycle of giving came full circle. Japanese horticulturists were given cuttings from the trees to replace some cherry trees in Japan which had been destroyed in a flood.
To help you celebrate, I think you need some of these! The perfect little glass!
They are so special!