Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 598

Cherry Blossom, DC

In three years this is the first time we’ve headed down to DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival, which is a big thing.

And the finest Spring day you can imagine with a load of very happy people all digging the fine cherry blossoms blooming along the Mall (fyi, this is the famous National Mall, and not a shopping mall, as my Brit chum thought 😉 )

Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.

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As we were walking from the Mall, past the Capitol, we heard a whole bunch of sirens and a load of police. Only later did we find out that a guy had committed suicide by shooting himself in broad daylight on the Capitol steps.

It’s an odd thing about being in the USA, this potential close proximity to guns. No more to say about that. Just that.

Thank goodness for the beauty of the cherry blossoms.

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6 Responses to Desperate English Housewife in Washington, chapter 598

  1. Ian says:

    “1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees…annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan” – presumably they skipped a few years in the 1940s?

  2. Maryjen says:

    That’s the problem of the United States: great beauty and open spaces, but then there are guns. Many of us try to pick places to live where there are the fewest guns and the gun laws are the strongest. That leaves out huge areas of the country. Luckily for you, you aren’t close to the most problematic areas. If only we could be more british in this respect.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Glad you finally got to come see the blossoms Claire! Did you make it to the Japanese street fair? If not I can send you some pictures of typical stuff like the inflatable Godzillas there so you can experience vicariously:).

  4. Christian says:

    You should visit Georgetown next time you go to Washington D.C.!

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