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    Mar 27, 1912: The First Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees Are Planted in the U.S.

    On this day in 1912, the first two Japanese cherry blossom trees were successfully planted by First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Japanese Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave the U.S. over 3000 trees to demonstrate the growing relationship between the U.S. and Japan.

    Every spring, Washington D.C. commemorates the initial planting through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 

    As we wait for this year’s blooming period, treat yourself to this delicious spring recipe!

    Image: Cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. 2013 (Diana Alvarenga)

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  1. A Toast To Spring, With A ‘Cherry Blossom’ On Top!

    The party started early this year. It’s the centennial celebration of the cherry blossoms, and everyone’s invited.

    Many of the cherry trees now bursting with pink around the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., have been there for a century. Talk about some inspiring longevity! What started as a simple gift of 3,000 trees from the city of Tokyo has blossomed into a five-week extravaganza that’s become something of a national celebration of spring.

    So we decided to wander through the crowds to get a better look at these blossoming glories — and the million or so folks who flock to the nation’s capital every year to see them. -John Rose and Doriane Raiman

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