Annual tribute to Japan's gift: National Cherry Blossom Festival

As our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Japan, this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival takes on poignant meaning.

According to the festival website:

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. … Today, more than a million people visit Washington, DC each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees and attend events that herald the beginning of spring in the nation’s capital. … The Festival was expanded to two weeks in 1994 to accommodate a diverse activity schedule during the blooming period.

This year, the predicted peak blooming period of the cherry blossoms is March 29-April 3, and  Reston Limousine is offering special lunchtime excursions from March 31-April 5.

For every purchase of a seat on a Cherry Blossoms lunchtime excursion trip, we will give 10% to the American Red Cross to help with the Japanese disaster relief.

For more information or to book your seat, please our online Reservations page at

Here is a video by The Associated Press about last year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival:

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