This past weekend was the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which is a pretty big deal in the nation’s capital. On Saturday, the boyfriend and I braved the tourists and ventured through the parade route to the Tidal Basin. He snapped these photos and they really capture the essence of the cherry blossoms: absolute beauty + huge crowds. Photos can’t do the blossoms justice…they’re incredibly delicate and truly beautiful. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the whole event: in short, the Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the mayor of Tokyo to Washington and honors the relationship between Japan and the United States. “Peak bloom” was late last week, and the blossoms only last about 7-10 days. Hence the excitement, crowds, and abundance of photos you might have seen on social media.
I’m so thankful to have seen the blossoms twice so far (two years ago during my “semester abroad” in DC was the first time) and can’t wait for many more to come. How pretty are they? Not to mention that the weather was gorgeous and it’s pouring rain today…spring has officially sprung!