Tourists and residents are eager to celebrate the start of spring with annual cherry blossom in Washington, where 3,000 Japanese cherry trees will burst into full bloom soon, reported AFP.
Thousands are expected to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival at Washington’s Tidal Basin.
One of the viewers is Japanese diplomat Yoshiyuki Yamada, who arrived at the U.S. capital. He is going to his first American cherry blossom viewing with his wife and daughter.
In Japan, “the cherry blossom blooming is a symbol of changing seasons,” said Yamada.
“For a lot of people it’s a period of graduation from school, entrance into a company, starting a new life, so we’re using this period to get together with our own families.”
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