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Cherry Blossom Festival – Spring Travel at its Finest

Japan’s annual event is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

I've never been to Japan's cherry blossom festival, but I have seen its little sister in Washington D.C.

Spring TravelSpring TravelIf you're lucky enough to start off spring with a trip, there's nothing better than going to see the cherries blossoming. The Washington trees (3000 of them) started a gift to the US from Japan. In 1912 the mayor of Tokyo personally sent the blooms to celebrate the blossoming friendship between the two countries.

Today, the National Cherry Blossom Festival organizes events and tours, starting March 29th to celebrate the glorious event. If you want to participate in Japanese traditional style, Gadling's guide to enjoying cherry blossoms features instructions for the perfect hanami (flower-viewing party or picnic).

For some of us, celebrating spring won't start with cherry blossoms this year - instead we can use the traditional festival as a reminder to start looking for beautiful markers of a change of seasons. The grass is getting green, and I'm eagerly waiting for the day I spot a daffodil poking through the dirt.

Wherever you travel, take time to notice how the season is reflected in your setting, and enjoy that moment of springtime bliss.

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