It's Cherry Blossom Season And The Photos Are Gorgeous

How did we get so lucky to live in a world with flowers this pink.

Washington, DC's cherry trees draw tourists in each spring with their blooms. The cherry trees were a gift from Japan in 1912 as a token of friendship and are now nearly as famous as the blossoms in the origin country. Upon receiving the cherry trees, the US responded under President William Howard Taft by sending flowering dogwood trees.

The cherry trees have become a staple of the DC skyline and a symbol of the Japan–US relationship. In the days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, however, some of the limbs of DC's trees were broken in retaliation. According to the National Park Service, in the 1980s, there was a flood in Japan that destroyed many of this variety of cherry tree, but Japanese horticulturalists were able to restore some of the lost trees using hundreds of cuttings from the Washington, DC trees.

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People take pictures with their dogs in front of cherry blossoms along the Meguro River in Tokyo on March 29, 2022.

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This long exposure picture shows the blooming cherry blossoms at Inokashira Park in Tokyo on March 29, 2022.

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A woman in a traditional outfit poses for pictures underneath blooming cherry blossoms at Inokashira Park in Tokyo on March 29, 2022.

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Cherry trees are in full bloom as visitors enjoy the view at Tidal Basin on March 26, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Cherry trees are in full bloom as visitors enjoy the view at Tidal Basin on March 26, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Two Pembroke Welsh Corgis pose for their owners as they visit the cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin in the early morning on March 25, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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People visit the cherry blossoms as they bloom at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2022.

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Some sakura trees started to bloom already, like here in Naka Meguro district. The traditional Japanese cherry blossom season in Tokyo is set to start on March 28, 2022.

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People visit the cherry blossom trees and take photos along the Tidal Basin during peak bloom on March 23, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Isabelle Sohn, right, and Elaine Zhang, left, admire cherry blossoms in a neighborhood in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2022.

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People in boats view cherry blossoms in full bloom at the Chidorigafuchi palace moat in Tokyo on March 28, 2022.

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Cherry blossoms bloom in a neighborhood in Washington, DC, on March 11, 2022.

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A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus views the seasonal cherry blossoms at Ueno Park on March 24, 2022, in Tokyo.

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Cherry blossom blooms over the Meguro River on March 29, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan.

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Young women take a selfie while enjoying the first days of cherry blossom season on March 26, 2022, in Tokyo, Japan.

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Cherry trees are in full bloom as visitors enjoy the view at Tidal Basin on March 26, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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A Toden Arakawa Line tram, also known as the Tokyo Sakura tram, travels on a bridge next to the blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo on March 31, 2022.

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A woman in a white dress walks through a cherry tree grove near the Tidal Basin on March 29, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Japanese people enjoy the cherry blossoms at the Renaka Dam in Kobe, Anhachi Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, on April 1, 2022.

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People enjoy the cherry blossom in Shinjuku Chuo Park on April 2, 2022.


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