Tuesday, October 25, 2011


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is a spring celebration in Washington, DC, in remembrance of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the United States of America on March 27, 1912, in an effort to enhance friendship and celebrate continued closed relationship between the two nations.  This is a two-week festival which begins on the last Saturday of March.  The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade takes place on the last Saturday of celebration. Coinciding with this parade is the celebration of Sakura-Matsuri Japanese Street Festival.

Vince and I took a trip to DC in time for  this year's National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and the Japanese Street Festival.  The chilly weather did not hinder people to come to this event and jam packed the streets of DC.  The Japanese Street Festival was also a big hit with different cultural showcases including stage shows, entertainment, arts, and of course, Japanese cuisine!  As that was my first time to visit DC, Vince and I did a Segway tour around the city, and while on tour, we were able to catch parts of the parade as well as the street festival.

Pagoda gift from Japan at the West Potomac Park
Next year marks the centennial anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  I can just imagine how grand and star studded the celebration will be.  What's good to know though is that, despite World War II conflicts, the Pearl Harbor attack, and all that in the past between the two nations, they managed to come to terms and be at peace with each other ;)


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  1. Winner ang pose and smile mo, KM! AS always :-) Nagmana din kaya ang smile ni Papaleng sayo? Hehehe. Ang bongga naman at andaming festivals na ang napuntahan mo.

    I've read the Segway story and I wonder kung meron din yan dito satin.

  2. Hay naku, Laine, I'm sure tuwang tuwa yun si Papaleng dahil magkamukha kami. Hahaha!

    Konti lang din naman ang mga festivals na napuntahan ko. Saka yan naman sa DC driving distance lang, kaya balikan lang kami ni Vince.

    Nabasa ko din yung comment mo sa Segway. Parang meron akong nakitang ganun sa Mall of Asia. Hindi ata Segway talaga yung brand pero transporter din.

    Salamat sa comment :) Hugs! Pasyalan kita sa blog mo maya maya ;)

  3. Reading all your posts about your travels gave me a glimpse of America's history, it's culture and it's people!

    Thanks for sharing KM dear!

    Di ko pa nga nai link yung new header ko sa Homes. Nung gunawa ko kasi yun, sobrang nagmamadali ako. Siningit lang baga! Thanks din sa inputs about that. :)

  4. Sabi ko na parang related to sa Japan! :)

    HEHEHE! Ang saya naman.. :)

  5. I've always wanted to experience how it feels walking on a street full of cherry trees. Abdel told me na in Japan daw, it makes streets beautiful. Naimagine ko rin how beautiful it was in Washington especially during the Festival.

    Thank you for sharing your trips ate KM! Interesting. Hehehe.

  6. Hi ulit ATE KM! :)

    Hindi po kami Japanese! hehehe. May auntie lang kaming nasa Japan at tinuturoan kaming mag japanese! HEHEHEHE! :)

    Salamat nga po pala sa pagdalaw sa blog ko!

  7. I dreamt of witnessing Cherry Blossoms someday. Saya naman ng mga travels mo sis...

  8. Hahahaha! Nakakatuwa naman si Papaleng.

    Idol ko nga kayo ni Papaleng eh. Pambihira yong kahit online ay may bonding. Wish ko rin marunong mag-blog ang Mama ko, hahaha!

    Ah oo! Nagreply ka nga pala don na merong Segway sa MOA. Kaso nasa Mindanao ako, hehe. Sige na nga, hanggang pictures nalang ako :-)

    Salamat sa walang sawang pagdalaw at pagcomment sa mga blogs ko. Di ka pa hilo nyan kasi di ako madalas mag-update sa lahat ng blogs ko. Sobrang busy ako this week. Sigh.

    Ah BTW, in reply to your question in one of your comments, Re: Windy. Yes. He is 60 years old, turning 61 next year ;-) Mas bata pa ata si Papaleng, hehe!

    And before I forget, di blogger ung first crush ko, hahaha! Kaloka talaga tayong dalawa, LOL!

  9. pareho kayo festival ni Rcel..hehe! nice cherry blossoms;)

    mine is up too KM..see yah!

  10. so may cherry blossom festival din sa DC, just like in Japan

    thanks sa mga visit and comments, sensya na ngayon lang nakadalaw

  11. Sis congrats pala for cracking the 100 followers ha... Ikaw na nga... Hehehe...

    Hardwork really pays off huh... Happy for you and salamat sa suporta sa lahat ng blogs ko...

    I really appreciate it! Huggssss!

  12. Nice entry. Hapy TT! Mine is up.

  13. You look gorgeous with that flower in there. Mine is up also and happy weekend. Hope you can visit...

  14. Me too would love to see that Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC. :) Pretty pictures sis. I like your outfit. :) Visiting from Pink Fridays, hope you could visit my PF entry too.

  15. Dito ulit sis for PF Visit!


  16. i wanna go there but my hubby doesnt wanna go because he hates the place. but me and my mom along with the kids went there when there was no more blossoms. because it was late april already. i would like to visit DC again but maybe not on CB Festival cause of the crowd, im hoping with my dad this time. =)

  17. Those are pretty trees, like them so much!

    Visiting from PF! Hope you can visit me too:)


  18. dropping by for Pink Fridays, mine is up at http://www.prettysinglemom.com/2011/10/day-full-of-fun.html, i hope you can check it out and leave some love...

  19. Wow, great travel, cherry blossom, I want to travel too, visiting from PF and following you.

  20. very pretty flowers so as the model :-) visiting for PF, hope that you can visit me back too


  21. One of my dreams is to see cherry blossoms in person. thanks for sharing this. made my day brighter just looking at the pics and thanks for visiting us KM!

  22. I would love to see real cherry blossom trees in the future,I was an online tutor to Japanese students and indeed this is also one event they do not miss...

    blog hopping for PF#94...

  23. sealing the friendship with beautiful cherry trees. thanks for sharing a great trivia.


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