Cherry Blossoms - DC Celebrates 100 Years of Heritage - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.
As the cherry blossoms bloom in Washington DC, the city is gearing up for the 100th Cherry Blossom celebration.
During this time, some of the world's greatest monuments seem to be wrapped in beautiful flowers.
Millions of people from around the world throng to see them every year.
While we can find cherry blossom trees in many US cities, Washington DC has the largest cherry blossom festival. Back in 1912, Japan gave 3000 trees to United States as a gesture of friendship.
Cherry blossoms are an important part of Japanese culture. In springtime, people in Japan enjoy "Hanami", a 1300 year old practice of picnicking around the cherry blossoms or "sakura" as locally called.
The aesthetic beauty of cherry blossom is reflected in Japanese poetry, clothes, pottery, and even tattoos.
They are used by Japanese people in food ingredients as well. Salt-pickled blossoms mixed with hot water is consumed as a drink.
You can even find cherry blossoms on Japanese currency.
This is an especially great time to visit Japan and see magnificent cities like Kyoto engulfed in the beauty of cherry blossoms.
Back in Washington DC, cherry blossoms grace our nation's capital with their beauty. Let's hope they remain this delightful symbol of two cultures coming together for centuries to come.