DC -- Cherry Blossoms around the Tidal Basin (2008):
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CHERRY_080329_022.JPG: Note the Air Force Memorial in the distance
CHERRY_080329_369.JPG: Note the kites from the kite festival
CHERRY_080329_454.JPG: The Robert E. Lee Mansion is on the hill.
CHERRY_080329_479.JPG: The Tomb of the Unknown is in the distance
CHERRY_080402_227.JPG: Flo Anito was performing when I came by. An audience of small kids were dancing along. Her web site is http://floanito.tripod.com
CHERRY_080402_318.JPG: Diana Mayhew (President, National Cherry Blossom Festival) being interviewed. My favorite question was "Are the cherries edible?"
CHERRY_080402_356.JPG: High tide washes up a bunch of stuff. You can see the driftwood here.
CHERRY_080402_454.JPG: Cherry blossoms @ the Tidal Basin
CHERRY_080402_770.JPG: Lighting the Way:
Presented to the city of Washington on March 30, 1954, this stone lantern symbolizes the enduring cultural partnership that re-emerged between Japan with the United States after World War II. Its twin still stands in Tokyo's Ueno Park amid a grove of cherry trees.
Part of a gift of giving cycle that began in 1912 with Japan's donation of cherry trees. This lantern commemorates the 100th anniversary of Commodore Matthew Perry's historic mission to Japan.
The National Park Service and the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS) have conducted the Lantern Ceremony since 1954. Every year, the lantern is lit by the Embassy of Japan's appointed Cherry Blossom Princess. The audience counts down from five, and like the Olympic torch, the lantern is lit in an exciting traditional event, that signals the arrival of spring and represents one of the most beautiful times in the Nation's Capital.
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