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Every March 27, the nation?s capital in Washington, D.C. celebrates the annual Cherry Blossom Festival as a sign of friendship between the United States and Japan. This 16-day event commemorates the gift of Japanese cherry trees by Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington on May 27, 1912.

The first Festival of this kind was held in 1935. Since then, thousands of people have been visiting Washington every spring season to appreciate the beauty of the flowers and celebrate the amiable relationship of the two nations.

The week-long festivities is initiated with an official ceremony. Afterwards, people are invited to partake in several cultural events and activities. These events include the popular Smithsonian Kite Festival, Cherry Blossom 10-mile run, bike tours of the Tidal Basin, and classes regarding the history of the festival. Other events include photography and painting exhibits, cultural performances, fashion shows, and sushi celebration.
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