Sakura Matsuri 全米桜祭り
The Sakura Matsuri or Cherry Blossom Festival is the biggest celebration of Japanese culture in the U.S. with principal festivities in Washington, D.C. It is usually the stage for traditional performances and food and a great exposure for contemporary Japanese artists.
Historically based, Washington, D.C. holds the main event in the country. It was originally to commemorate the gift of Japanese cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, to the city of Washington back in March 1912 in order to enhance the growing friendship between the nations.
Of the initial gift of 12 varieties of 3,020 trees, two now dominate: the Yoshino and Kwanzan species. The Yoshino tree produces single white blossoms that create an effect of white clouds while the Kwanzan tree produces clusters of clear pink double blossoms. They are a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. Cherry blossoms are richly symbolic and are regularly used in Japanese art, manga, and movies.
Cherry blossom tree is speculated to be native to the Himalayas however it is widely distributed around the world especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Europe, West Siberia, South Korea, China, Japan, and the United States. As a result, many people can be amazed in front of blossoming trees.
We went to see it in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and we were very excited to go there… Enjoy!
On the day of the opening
Many people into the celebration spirit
Tulips being beautiful as well