Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C. (15 images)

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off this week in Washington D.C. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave a gift of 3,000 cherry trees to strengthen the friendship of the United States and Japan.
Updated: April 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM
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Cherry blossoms bloom along the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument in Washington on March 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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