Spring is Blooming: Top Destinations to See Cherry Blossoms


Cherry Blossom Festival in the Nation's CapitalIn the year 1912, the city of Tokyo, Japan donated more than 3000 Cherry Blossom trees to the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C. They were planted surrounding the Tidal Basin and adjacent areas in East and West Potomac Parks. Each year at the end of March and going into April, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to this annual blooming event to witness the beautiful and pink nature blending in with world-famous landmarks.

Though Washington D.C. is a sight not to be missed come spring time, there are several U.S. cities offering similar experiences such as the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

San Francisco

The San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival takes place on two weekends in the month of April (4/10 & 11, 4/17 & 18, 2010) in Japan Town, San Francisco. Traditional Japanese arts, such as martial arts, dancing, fashion, bonsai exhibits and other Japanese traditions flourish the life of the festival. Stunning kimonos and porcelain make-up is the fashion for many Japanese-American women who participate in the parade.

Asian food kiosks and Asian oriented street vendor booths flood the streets with Kanji calligraphy scrolls, beautiful Japanese art and of course – the Japanese cherry blossoms. Cherry Blossom Festival has become a tradition for not only the Japanese-American community but for those who would like to learn about a new culture. So grab some sweet dango dumplings along with cold Saki, smell the warm cherry blossoms and feel the Taiko drumming in your heart.

Georgia

Macon, Georgia is home to the Think Pink Cherry Blossom Festival. With the traditional parade strolling in Downtown Macon to the Central City Park Nightly Concerts this is a festival you do not want to miss. Bands include various artist covers such as Jimmy Buffett, Motown artists, Bee Gees and other genres to enjoy. The annual Cherry Blossom Bed Race is a tradition for those in Georgia. The racing beds are not only judged by fastest but the most creative and funniest bed gets to take home the award. Don’t miss your chance to sample the International Food Fair on Mulberry St. Other events include the Kaleidoscope cultural performances, 2010 Cherry Blossom Fashion Show and plenty of other events for party goers of all ages to enjoy.

Hawaii

In 1953, Hawaii’s first Cherry Blossom Festival was celebrated which has become one of the most recognized ethnic Festivals in the state. The festival allows people to celebrate and embrace the culture while also creating lifetime memories. The many events featured in Honolulu are the Cherry Blossom Fashion Show, a Gold Tournament at the beautiful Pearl Country Club, the Heritage Fair featuring exhibitions of Japanese arts, and the most praised event – the Festival Ball at the Sheraton Waikiki, where a new Cherry Blossom Festival Queen and Court will be selected.

Philadelphia

The Cherry Blossom Festival stretches to mid-April in Philadelphia. Japanese Culture Week (March 23 – 29) features Kimono Dressing where attendees can feel like a Japanese porcelain doll, Tamagawa Taiko and Dance, the Madame Butterfly Dinner and many other events. Don’t miss out on Sake Fest 2010! Located at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. Experience dozens of Sake varieties from the finest Japanese and US brands of sake. For more event information check out the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia site.

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