Friday, March 18, 2011

Remembering Japan’s Disaster Victims – Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival

On March 28, 2011, the Washington DC National Cherry Blossom Festival will start and run for two weeks through the April 10, 2011.  During this period, over 200 cultural performances and 90 special events will take place.    Every year here at we receive thousands of bookings from visitors stay at Washington DC hotels, many for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry BlossomsAs thousands of cherry trees dotting the Washington DC tidal basin come into bloom and great us with their stunning beauty, we should take a moment to remember the massive suffering and deprivations of the Japanese people after their devastating earthquake and tsunami.  Japan is one of America’s greatest friends and allies, and we encourage you to make donations to Japanese Relief funds.

Washington, DC’s cherry trees were a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912.  3020 Japanese cherry trees representing 12 different varieties were specially cultivated from Tokyo’s prized cherry tree park along the Arakawa River in Adachi Ward, and donated to the United States.   The first two trees, Yoshino cherry trees, were planted by the First Lady, Helen Herron Taft, and the wife of the Japanese Ambassador, Viscountess  Chinda, on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin on March 27, 1912.  These original trees are located approximately 125 feet south of Independence Avenue, SW near the John Paul Jones statute.   After planting the trees, Mrs. Taft presented a bouquet of "American Beauty" roses to Viscountess Chinda in a small ceremony.  This ceremony became the start of Washington DC’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

If you intend on visiting Washington DC this spring and happen to see cherry trees in blossom, stop and remember our Japanese friends and take a moment to make a donation.  Millions are counting on you.

Japanese Earthquake Relief Funds – Where to Donate

American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Donations or Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to Give $10

Salvation Army Japan Earthquake Donations or Text “QUAKE” to 80888 to Give $10.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Schedule of Events:


Performances on the Stage at Sylvan Theater (begins at Noon daily)

Macy's Cherry Blossom Show (Mon. - Sat., 10 AM - 8 PM; Sun., Noon - 6 PM)

SCHEDULED EVENTS: (also based on information from the Official National Cherry Blossom Festival)











March 23

Pink Tie Party at The Mayflower

6:30 PM - start of VIP experience

7-10 PM - regular Party begins



March 26

Opening Day at National Building Museum

Family Day (10 AM - 3:30 PM)

Opening Ceremony (4 - 5:30 PM)








March 27

Blossom Kite Festival (10 AM - 4 PM)

March 28

March 29

March 30

Sustainable Sushi Tasting at National Geographic (7-9 PM)

March 31

April 1

April 2

Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival (1 - 8:30 PM)

National Cherry Blossom Festival Fireworks Show (8:30 - 9 PM)

Cherry Blast: Art + Music Dance Party

(8 PM - Midnight)








April 3

Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile Run (7:40 AM – 11:30 AM)

Blossoms and Baseball: Washington Nationals v. Atlanta Braves (1:35 PM)

 Lantern Lighting Ceremony (3-5 PM)

April 4

April 5


April 6


April 7

National Cherry Blossom Festival Gala Dinner Cruise (6-10 PM)



April 8

Petal Fest & Performance Stage on Woodrow Wilson Plaza (Noon - 7 PM)

NCSS Grand Ball and Sushi Reception

(6 PM - Midnight)

April 9

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade® (10 AM - Noon)

JASW's Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival (11 AM - 6 PM)

Petal Fest & Performance Stage on Woodrow Wilson Plaza (Noon - 6 PM)








April 10

Cherry Blossom Family Bike Rally and Ride (11 AM - 3 PM)









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