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National Cherry Blossom Festival opens with family weekend

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:02 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2013

WASHINGTON » The National Cherry Blossom Festival is opening with a weekend of family activities at the National Building Museum.

The free family days event opens today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will offer crafts and activities focused on architecture, the cherry trees and Japanese arts.

An opening ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival is planned for today at 5 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. The festival runs for five weeks through April 27.

The National Park Services says it expects the trees will be in full bloom between April 3 and April 6. Officials say the cold weather slowed the blossoms' growth.

The cherry blossoms draw about 1 million visitors each spring. This year marks the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Japan.

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cojef wrote:
BAck in the mid 60's visited DC 3 years in a row to view the cherry blossoms, both at the tidal basin and little suburbs of Kenwood. Our 3rd was the best, especially in Kenwood where the trees were shedding the flowers in the breeze, simulating a snow storm. Most amazing sight that has not been duplicated even on our trips to Japan. In the early 90's made many trip to Japan. One year we followed the trees blooming cycles by starting on the island of Kyushu and then southern, central and finally northern Honshu. Luckily we had purchased 3 weeks and 1 week, green car rail pass. The trip culmulated in the city of Aomori, where there is cherry tree that grows among huge boulders in the middle of the city. the cherry tree's name is "ishi-wari- sakura. Translation= splitting-rock-cherry tree.
on March 23,2013 | 12:12PM
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