I soooo wish I was in Washington D.C right now for their annual National Cherry Blossom Festival!!! Next year (2012) marks 100 years from the time that the cherry blossom trees were gifted from Japan, so I am sure the celebrations will be spectacular next year.
The website describes the event like this:
“The epic 5-week spectacular, from March 20 – April 27, 2012, will unify and electrify the city, the nation, and the world. Washington, DC and the region will be abuzz with excitement. Creativity and innovation will permeate signature Festival events elevating them to new heights, and ground-breaking Centennial exhibitions and programming will amaze and delight. Timeless traditions. Rich culture. Renowned artists. World-class performers. The community at its best!”
I definitely want to go.
If you love cherry blossom/sakura trees but can’t make the trip, why don’t you plant a cherry blossom tree in your yard? I would love to plant one in our yard someday when I have a green thumb.
I have also been drooling over sakura-inspired food online. Take a look at these:
1) HUGE post about pretty sakura-inspired food at “She Who Eats” by Chika.
2) Sakura marshmallows at “Vanilla Garlic”.
3) Sakura-flavored Kit Kat bars. (Please, Nestle, bring them to the States…)
Things to do with kids:
2) Learn the words to the song “Sakura” here.
3) Sakura origami instructions here.