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.

Cherry blossoms bloom along the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument in Washington on March 31, 2009. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg) | License Photo
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