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Cherry Blossom Festival Underway In D.C.

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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Some of the most enduring symbols of Japan are the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. 

Jessica Kartalija reports the Cherry Blossom Festival is underway.

The cherry blossoms were a gift from Japan more than a century ago and are currently in full bloom.  You could not have chosen a better day to come down to D.C. to enjoy them.

“It’s nice to see all the flowers,” said one woman.

Visitors come from around the world to see the cherry blossoms.

“I’m from Europe and seeing spring for the first time in Washington, D.C.,” said one man.

A celebration of friendship between Washington, D.C. and Japan, the 16-day festival draws more than a million visitors every year.

“It is such a lovely tradition,” said one.

The cherry blossoms are at their peak this week. 

You can donate to Japan during the festival.

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