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.
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.