The past month was The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC. This years festival ran from March 20 to April 14. People from all over the world visit Washington DC to see the cherry trees and to celebrate the friendship between the United States and Japan.
Sakura was especially happy since she was hatched with sakura petals. “Sakura” is Japanese for Cherry Blossom. There are so many types of cherry trees at the Tidal Basin. There are approximately 3750 cherry trees total! You can check out the history of the gift of the cherry trees here.
The last week of the festival usually has the largest events. The peak of the cherry blossom season was Wednesday and Saturday was the parade followed by the Sakura Matsuri/street festival. We sold all day long at the Matsuri and adopted out a lot of Super Takos. We saw a lot of old friends and made lots of new ones. Sunday we went to the Tidal Basin.
There were lots of things to do. We spent most of our time near the paddle boats just walking around and visiting everything. Here is Sakura and Hunter with “Paddles” the beaver. He is in charge of reminding guest to not pull down and pick the cherry blossoms. He is very protective of his trees. If we pull down all of the blossoms and branches they may not grow back. You could even damage the trees by accident.
Sakura was just having fun hanging around. It was a very bright and sunny day so the shade felt really nice.
We made it all the way around the tidal basin. We could even see the Thomas Jefferson Memorial from the other side of the Tidal Basin. Even though we didn’t go during full peak, it was beautiful.
Sakura is on a trip back to Japan to celebrate Golden Week that is coming up shortly. She’ll be having lots of Sakura flavored items including Kit-Kats and Ice Cream. I do wish we had some of that over here. Maybe I can get her to send me some.