When First Lady Helen Taft accepted cherry trees as a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo all those years ago she never could have imagined how much the trees have become part of Washington, DC’s identity. Millions of visitors flock to the nation’s capital every year with one destination in mind—the cherry trees. All sorts of activities have sprung up to celebrate this rite of spring, including the Cherry Blossom festival and parade, fireworks, Japanese lantern lighting ceremony. It is always a challenge to predict the peak time to view the blossoming. This year, the blossoms have yet to arrive on the scene. No matter—visitors continue to arrive in search of the elusive blooms.
Photo(r): White House portrait of First Lady Helen Taft