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Cherry Blossom Festival Dates -

Washington, D.C.

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2013/03/04/peak-bloom-dates-and-festival-info-announced/

March 26 – 30, 2013

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Historic Cherry Blossom Photos from Washington Post -

Lots of photographs from history – Cherry Blossoms from the archives

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-cherry-blossoms-through-history/2011/03/22/ABVlz7DB_gallery.html#photo=1

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Cherry Blossoms from Fukushima

Cherry Blossoms from Fukushima – (found on wikipedia)

International Cherry Blossom Festival Events – (Macon, Georgia)

http://www.cherryblossom.com/

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Central City Park Free Nightly Concerts – Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

Central City Park – Macon, Georgia – International Cherry Blossom Festival

March 15 – 24

http://www.cherryblossom.com/central-city-park-nightly-concerts/

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Bengal Tiger Show

Miller Lite Central City Park, Macon Georgia – International Cherry Blossom Festival
Two Shows Daily – Times TBA Free admission

http://www.cherryblossom.com/bengal-tigers/

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Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossom Festival Events 2013

Walking Tour Map of Cherry Blossom Pathways – with adult admission – $10 / members – free

http://www.bbg.org/discover/cherries

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More about the History of the Cherry Blossom Festival and our gifts from Japan -

(at wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Cherry_Blossom_Festival

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More nifty Cherry Blossom Stuff -

Sakurayu (桜湯) or cherry blossom tea is a Japanese infusion created by mixing pickled cherry blossoms with boiled water. This combination becomes a type of tisane, and has been enjoyed in East Asian culture for many generations.

The main ingredient, cherry blossoms petals, are harvested when the cherry trees bloom from mid to late spring.[1] After the calyxes are removed, the petals are then pickled in plum vinegar & salt and the product subsequently dried. The dried cherry blossoms are then stored or sealed in tea packets and sold.

(from)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakurayu

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Cherry Blossoms Newark, New Jersey (from wikipedia)

Cherry Blossoms Newark, New Jersey (from wikipedia)

From the middle of the page on the wikipedia entry for Cherry Blossom – with a list of festivals and history by country -

United Kingdom

Batsford Arboretum in Gloucestershire (England), holds the national collection of Japanese village cherries, sato-sakura group.[31] Keele University in Staffordshire (England), has one of the UK’s largest collections of flowering cherries, with more than 150 varieties.[32]

United States

Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey is the oldest county park in the United States and is home the nation’s’ largest collection of cherry blossom trees, with about 4,300.[33][34][35]

Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States in 1912 to celebrate the nations’ then-growing friendship, replacing an earlier gift of 2000 trees which had to be destroyed due to disease in 1910. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. (see West Potomac Park). The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965.[36][37] The cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction (and the subject of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival) when they reach full bloom in early spring. Also, Balboa Park of San Diego has 2,000 cherry blossom trees that blossom in mid to late March. In Los Angeles, over 2,000 trees are located at Lake Balboa in Van Nuys. These trees were donated by an anonymous Japanese benefactor and were planted in 1992. They originated from a single parent tree and were developed to grow in warm climates.[38] Philadelphia is also home to over 2000 flowering Japanese cherry trees, half of which were a gift from the Japanese government in 1926 in honor of the 150th anniversary of American independence, with the other half planted by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia between 1998 and 2007. Philadelphia’s cherry blossoms are located within Fairmount Park, and the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia celebrates the blooming trees. The University of Washington in Seattle also has cherry blossoms in its Quad.

Other US cities have an annual Cherry Blossom Festival (or Sakura Matsuri), including the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, which features over 300,000 cherry trees. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also has a large, well-attended festival.[39] Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the site of the peace conference that produced the Treaty of Portsmouth, for which the original Washington, DC cherry trees were given in thanks. Several cherry trees planted on the bank of the tidal pond next to Portsmouth City Hall were the gift of Portsmouth’s Japanese sister city of Nichinan—the hometown of Marquis Komura Jutarō, Japan’s representative at the conference.[40]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_blossom

Very nifty.

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Sakura Park, New York City, NY

The park was originally called Claremont Park after the avenue on its east side, but renamed in 1912 after the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York donated 2,500 cherry blossom trees to the city.[2][3][4] The land, originally owned by John D. Rockefeller and purchased by the City of New York for use as an extension of Riverside Park, was landscaped with financial support from Rockefeller, over a two-year period starting in 1932. Directly to the east is Claremont Avenue, which is dramatically lower in elevation, and resulted in a buttressed retaining wall being built during the period that extends the length of the park.

In 1960, another gift was given to the park, this time by the City of Tokyo in the form of a tōrō, when New York became her sister city. Former Crown Prince and current Emperor of Japan, Akihito, was in attendance during the official dedication on October 10 of that year. Crown Prince Akihito would later rededicate the tōrō with his princess in 1987.[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakura_Park

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This site shows events listed across the US with their dates and websites – as well as those in Japan -

http://www.japanese-city.com/calendar/events/p/cherry.php

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From last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in New York City

- (after the fact) –  with an indication of those involved as sponsors for the events -

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Japan-Week-kicks-off-in-N-Y–marking-cherry-tree-gift-s-centennial-.html?soid=1103590107335&aid=iyD2WwxhF-A

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National Park Service Events – National Mall – Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

March 23 – April 7

http://www.nps.gov/cherry/index.htm

Cherry Blossom Tours and Ranger Guided Programs List for this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival -

http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-tours-and-programs.htm

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Cherry Blossoms Washington D.C. Tidal Basin - wikipedia

Cherry Blossoms Washington D.C. Tidal Basin – wikipedia

National Cherry Blossom Festival Dates Announced for 2013

March 20 – April 14

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2012/05/03/2013-festival-dates-announced/

Festival Hotline – by tele

Festival Hotline: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)

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Places to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms in New York City and nearby -

http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/t/2011/110301.html

(does not include events – but does describe where and a bit of info on each one)

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New York Botanical Gardens with over 200 flowering cherries – (pretty pictures)

http://www.nybg.org/gardens/plants/cherries.php

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10 Favorite Cherry Blossom Festivals – (nbc article from 2012)

This article with events from last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival – the 100th anniversary event in 2012 – includes a lot of great ideas including lantern walks through the Washington Tidal Basin Cherry Trees with National Park Service Ranger Guides – hotels, events, and great ways to view the blossoming trees -

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42039922/ns/travel-seasonal_travel/#.UTZMtWevCVo

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How can I get my own cherry blossom tree?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in conjunction with Arbor Day Foundation, has cherry blossom trees available for purchase. Here are the details.

(from)

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/visitor-information/faq/

Along with some other answers to National Cherry Blossom Festival questions.

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Cherry Trees

Available through the Arbor Day Foundation

(from about $5 to $16 each with most around $10 – $12)

http://www.arborday.org/shopping/trees/cherry-trees.cfm

Kanzan Cherry

Prunus ‘Kwanzan’ (Kanzan)

  • Gorgeous Double Pink Flowers
  • Yellow, Orange, and Copper Fall Color
  • Fruitless Cultivar
  • Early Spring Blooms
  • Shortened Life Span of 15 to 25 years
  • Zones 5 to 9
  • Can’t Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA, CO

(about $10 each – very nifty)

http://www.arborday.org/Shopping/Trees/TreeDetail.cfm?id=149

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Japanese Culture Club of New York City

Sakura Matsuri 2013 – Cherry Blossom Festival New York City

Saturday, April 27, 2013

http://www.meetup.com/japaneseculturenyc/events/103057052/

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Sakura – Cherry Trees in Kyoto

with beautiful photos – click on the links to see beautiful cherry blossom pictures from different areas -

http://www.kyotoview.com/sakura_list.html

Cherry trees in Nijyojyou

Address  :   Nijyojyou-douri,Nakagyo-ku,Kyoto-city,Kyoto,Japan

http://www.kyotoview.com/nijyojyou_sakura_view.html

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Also from last year’s festival with links to sponsoring associations in New York City – and a description of a few events that were held along with some beautiful pictures of it -

(from)

Japan Culture NYC

http://www.japanculture-nyc.com/2012/03/27/sakura-in-the-city/

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The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms Map from the Japan National Tourism Organization – Japan

Shows a map of the Cherry Blossoms as they are expected to bloom across Japan – from the Japan Weather Association

http://www.jnto.go.jp/sakura/eng/index.php

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Japan Society, New York City

333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017

Gallery Admission:
$12; students & seniors $10; Japan Society members and children under 16 free.
Admission is free to all on Friday nights, 6 PM–9 PM.

Japan Society Gallery is currently closed, and will reopen on Saturday, March 9.

Phone: (212) 832-1155
Box Office: (212) 715-1258
Membership: (212) 715-1270
Toyota Language Center: (212) 715-1256

http://www.japansociety.org/about/visitor_information

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Family Days presented with the National Building Museum

March 23 – 24

Saturday: 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Location: National Building Museum – 401 F Street, NW (map)
Cost: FREE

hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations, and exciting indoor and outdoor performances

Contact Information

P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
ncbf@downtowndc.org

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2011/07/15/family-days/

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National Cherry Blossom Festival® Opening Ceremony

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Opening Ceremony with be held on March 23 from 5 – 6:30 PM at the Warner Theatre, located at 513 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20004.

Tickets

The Opening Ceremony is a free and open to the public event, however reservations are required. To reserve your tickets, click here.

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2011/07/15/openingceremony/

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Cherry Blossom Festival 2013: D.C.’s ‘Peak Blossom’ Expected Between March 26-30

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade on April 13, 2013

Monday morning the National Park Service announced this year’s “peak blossom” prediction via Twitter — and, great news, the dates coincide with the festival.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/cherry-blossom-festival-2013_n_2805854.html

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Kites of Asia Family Day

March 23, 2013

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC

Time: 10 AM – 3 PM
Location: National Air and Space Museum – 600 Independence Avenue, SW (Map)
Cost: FREE

Contact Information

National Air and Space Museum
P: 202.633.1000
E: info@si.edu
airandspace.si.edu/events

Celebrate the kite tradition of Southeast Asia. Experience the artistry and beauty of Asian kites, see indoor kite flying, make your own kite and enjoy other hands-on activities!

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2013/02/01/kites-of-asia-family-day-part-of-the-heritage-family-day-series-made-possible-by-the-generous-support-of-northrop-grumman-corporation/

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Blossom Kite Festival

March 30, 2013

Time: 10 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Washington Monument grounds, Constitution Avenue & 17th Street, NW (map)
Cost: FREE

The Blossom Kite Festival includes 5 areas to enjoy: the Competition & Demonstration Field, Family Field, Kite Club Display Area, Activity Tents, and Public Field. To view a map of the areas, click here.

(The page link below includes the full list of scheduled events and competitions throughout the day) – amazing and looks like fun, too.

http://www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org/2011/07/15/blossom-kite-festival/

Contact Information

P: 877.44.BLOOM (877.442.5666)
ncbf@downtowndc.org

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Macy’s Flower Show® Presents The Painted Garden Sunday, March 24 – Sunday, April 7, 2013

Macy’s Flower Show® Presents The Painted Garden Sunday, March 24 – Sunday,

April 7, 2013

Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase a Floral Spectacular In New York,
Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis and San Francisco

Macy’s Cherry Blossom Flower Show returns to Macy’s Metro Center in
Washington, D.C.
Macy’s Flower Show sprouts anew this spring on March 24 in Chicago,
Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
(Photo: Business Wire)

“This year’s Macy’s Flower Show, titled ‘The Painted Garden,’ takes its
inspiration from the Middle Asian region, most notably India. The vast display
reflects the elaborate architecture, lavish formal gardens, intense jewel
tones and lively, spice market colors so typical of that part of the world,”
says Robin Hall, the producer of the show.

For more than 60 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral
aficionados with over-the-top presentations of sumptuous gardens that showcase
millions of live flowers, plants and trees from around the globe.

Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show and Macy’s Cherry Blossom Flower Show
will be open during regular store hours.

Macy’s Flower Show is made possible in part through partnerships with NYC &
Co., and Bachman’s (Downtown Minneapolis). For additional information about
these events contact the Macy’s Flower Show Hotline at (212) 494-4495, or
visit http://www.macys.com/flowershow.

http://www.bloomberg.com/article/2013-03-05/aRNyo6gWaA8w.html

Includes a number of events, flower designers, fashion shows, cherry blossom events, bouquet of the day by top floral designers, culinary wizardry and celebrity appearances.

Also this -

Set to welcome spectators into the radiant splendor this year is the show’s
stunning, multicolored, 10-foot tall painted Elephant. Beautifully festooned
in brilliant hues and planted with thousands of dazzling live flowers, the
Elephant centerpiece will sport ornamentation in the grand ceremonial style of
India.

Did not note if that is at each store involved (the flagship stores listed) or at one to kick off the show. Would be fun to see it – probably will be amazing.

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“Spring Festival: Cherry Blossom Celebration”

『 お花見(春祭り) 』

Thursday, April 11, 2013

6:30 – 9:00pm

Cost:
Members: $70 / Non-members: $100 Location:

The Nippon Club (145 W. 57th St, New York, NY)

Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, Inc.

JCCI and the Nippon Club will hold a HANAMI event on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

In Japan, the blooming of cherry blossoms is an occasion for celebrating the beauty of the changing seasons. Experience a taste of Japanese spring in New York at this special event, which will feature a delicious Japanese buffet dinner, all-you-can-drink sake, traditional hanagasa dance, and koto (Japanese harp) music, performed by Masayo Ishigure of the Sawai Koto Academy of Music. There will also be a raffle and the chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize of Delta Airlines tickets.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the end of a long winter, and enjoy Japanese culture with the Japanese and American business communities in New York. Please feel free to invite family and friends to take part in the festivities.

* Early registration is recommended as seating will be limited.

Please contact JCCI NY with questions or to register: 212-246-8001 info@jcciny.org

http://www.jcciny.org/events_details.aspx?codeeven=167

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JAPAN’S TOP 100 CHERRY BLOSSOM SPOTS

Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots for viewing Cherry Blossom sorted by prefecture. Guide to Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots include descriptions, pictures and map.

http://www.gojapango.com/travel/japans_top_100_cherry_blossom_spots.htm

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More 2013 Cherry Blossom Festival Information from Washington, D.C.  (from The Washington Times)

including that the highest temperature recorded during the event was 93 degrees in 1907 and that more than a million visitors are expected to attend throughout the Festival’s span -

The trees normally bloom between late March and early April, though extreme hot or cold temperatures have caused blooms as early as March 15 and as late as April 18.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/4/the-cherry-blossoms-are-coming/?page=1

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Philadelphia –

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia 2013

April 1 – 26, 2013

http://subarucherryblossom.org/

List of Events -

http://subarucherryblossom.org/events

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Cherry Blossom Celebration

Toni Robertson

Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental New York (2012)

Cherry Blossom Festival Special Cuisine Prepared to Celebrate The Blossoming Flowers and its Special 100th Anniversary in 2012

Cherry Blossoms in Cuisine – amazing photo slide show of these various foods from the menu below listed on the site -

MENU

  • Hors d’Oeuvre
    • Abalone with Osetra Caviar
    • Pork Meatballs with Cherry Blossom Miso
    • Truffled Potato Fondue
    • Toro with Nori Purée and Cherry Blossom Salt
    • Mo Chéri > Cherry Blossom Tea–Infused Vodka with Satsuma Godai Umeshu Plum Sake and Yuzu Juice
  • Dinner
    • Hamachi with Preserved Cherry Blossoms and White Soy Ponzu
    • Champagne Ayala Brut Rosé Majeur NV
    • Foie Gras Torchon with Honey-Poached Sour Cherries and Almond Milk
    • Heidi Schröck Rosé Biscaya 2010
    • Chilled Buckwheat Noodles with Cherry Blossom Tea
    • Vie Vité Extraordinaire Rosé 2010
    • Turbot Pot-au-Feu with Truffle Broth
    • Brooks Janus Pinot Noir 2009
    • Yakiniku > Grilled Wagyu Beef with Toasted Cherry Leaves, Rice, and Grilled Mushrooms
    • Stuhlmuller Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    • Cherry Blossom Crémeux with Almond Sorbet and Smoked Cherries
    • Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui 2010

Wines generously provided by Brooks, Cognac One, LLC, and Turquoise Life, LLC.

http://www.jamesbeard.org/events/cherry-blossom-celebration

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More about viewing Cherry Blossoms in Japan and other events of March including the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the National Confectionery Expo (in Japan) -

includes some events around the US – (for January and February 2013)

http://www.japantravelinfo.com/event/index.php

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2013 Dates and Events for Flower Festivals and Spring Flower Blossom Festivals

All Over the United States from Azaleas and Dogwoods in the South to Cherry Blossom Festivals in the Early Spring

(for 2013 from Associated Press)

The list includes links to each of the shows’ organizers for more information – very nifty.

http://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/flower-shows-and-festivals-showcase-spring-blooms-1.4723405

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