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Cherry blossoms are seen in full bloom near the Tidal Basin in Washington on April 5, 2007. The blooming of the cherry blossoms is a celebrated annual event in Washington, signaling the beginning of spring and honoring the history of the trees which were first planted in 1912 by First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda of Japan. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Cherry blossoms are seen near the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington on March 28, 2008. The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival officially kicks off on March 29. In 1912, the Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, gave a gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the United States to strengthen the friendship of the U.S. and Japan. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
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Beth Gaston (L) and Lynn Simarski both of Alexandria, Virginia walk under a canopy of blooming cheery blossoms, on the Tidal Basin in Washington on April 5, 2007. The blooming of the cherry blossoms is a celebrated annual event in Washington, signaling the beginning of spring and honoring the history of the trees which were first planted in 1912 by First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda of Japan. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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The cherry blossoms are in full bloom as sun rises over the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument on March 30, 2006 in Washington, D.C. The 2006 National Cherry Blossom festival which began last week marks the 94th celebration of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Japan. (UPI Photo/Mark Goldman)
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A couple sits beneath cherry trees in bloom at Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington on March 27, 2007. The cherry blossoms are a celebrated annual event in Washington, signaling the beginning of spring and honoring the history of the trees which were first planted in 1912 by First Lady Helen Taft and the Viscountess Chinda of Japan. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
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