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Cherry Blossom Festival at the National Arboretum

The Cherry Blossom Festival is a historical celebration of American and Japanese culture that stretches back to 1912. It doesn't just involve a bunch of tiny pink flowers, though--the festival includes museum exhibits, samurai swords, parades, and much more. Since the original trees bloomed early this year, you can still catch the beautiful blossoms at the National Arboretum, where there is a Japanese flower exhibit as well.

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Bright pink blossoms shine in the afternoon sun.

Bright pink blossoms shine in the afternoon sun.1Picture by Isabel HendrixA little boy runs under an arch in the Arboretum's Asian Garden.2Picture by Isabel HendrixColumns that used to be at the front of the Capitol building sit in a meadow at the Arboretum, where they were relocated after the Capitol was expanded.3Picture by Isabel HendrixA bright flower grows at the base of a cherry tree.4Picture by Isabel HendrixSeveral children run down the grassy slope towards the cherries.5Picture by Isabel HendrixA fish hopefully looks around for food in one of the Arboretum's many pools.6Picture by Isabel HendrixA stunning magenta flower grows in the Japanese garden.7Picture by Isabel HendrixA beautiful bouquet of cherry blossoms is displayed in the Arboretum's Japanese exhibit.8Picture by Isabel HendrixThe capitol columns gleam in the afternoon light.9Picture by Isabel HendrixA classic Japanese flower arrangement sits in front of an oriental scroll.10Picture by Isabel HendrixA blossom unfurls its petals.11Picture by Isabel Hendrix

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  • Paul B. Ellis on April 16, 2012 at 3:47 PM
    Very nice photography, Ms. Hendrix. I've not been to the arboretum, but this definitely makes me more interested in going soon.
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