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Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Cherry Blossom Festival

April is a colorful month in Washington, D.C. The blooming of the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial is an example of the natural beauty of the capital of the United States. These Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura, were originally a gift from Japan in 1912, and additional trees were planted in 1965.

People who live in the Washington area look forward to the Cherry Blossom Festival which is held every year at the beginning of April. The festival includes a parade that runs along Constitution Avenue and is usually televised. Giant colorful balloons, marching bands, performers, celebrities, and spectators fill the streets of Washington. Several streets are closed for the Annual Sakura Matsuri, the largest Japanese Street Festival in the United States.

The booths for the Japanese festival display a wide variety of arts, crafts, and products. Geishas in their bright kimonos demonstrate dances to the sounds of traditional Japanese instruments. Visitors can learn how to fold origami, and they can buy anime, manga, J-POP music, and Japanese food delicacies.

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