Saturday, March 12, 2011


"In the cherry blossom's shade there's no such thing as a stranger."
(Kobayashi Issa)

The fleeting beauty of cherry blossom season is almost upon us! Cherry blossoms are richly symbolic in Japanese culture, and in America, cherry blossom festivals -- also known as sakura matsuri -- commemorate Japan's gift of over 3,000 cherry trees to the United States in 1912.

There are festivals in the NYC area -- most notably at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and even in White Plains and Newark -- but they aren't nearly as renowned or extensive as the National Cherry Blossom Festival held annually in Washington, DC. An estimated 1 million visitors flock to our nation's capital for the 2-week event, which will be from March 26 to April 10 this spring. Timing is everything. If you go after peak bloom (which occurs later in the north), most of the blossoms will have fallen off the trees.

It has been too long since I've attended one of the cherry blossom festivals, so I'm planning a day visit to Washington, DC on one of the first two Saturdays of April. Road trip, anyone?

White Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 Pale Pink Cherry Blossoms

National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Pacific Coast.


  1. I know how beautiful it gets! I am going to miss the DC cherry blossoms this year. I will be heading down later in April!

  2. If you miss it you can go to to festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It's also really nice!


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