It’s spring in DC, a little early, and the Cherry Blossoms have popped! Driving around the city is unbelievably beautiful. I find myself turning down streets that are lined with cherry blossom trees just to enjoy the spectacle. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first cherry blossom trees on the banks of the tidal basin, which were a gift from Japan. The first tree was planted on March 27, 1912. There is a fascinating history behind these beautiful trees – it began with the vision of one woman in 1906, involved a President’s wife, an infested first crop, and Tokyo. Click here to find out how this all fits together http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-history.htm. While we are enjoying the cherry blossom festival here in DC there are cherry blossom festivals happening all over the world, some of the most spectacular blossoms are in Japan.