Posts Tagged 'Japan'

National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC

Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off last Wednesday. The festival will run through April 14th and is the Nation’s greatest springtime celebration.

The festival celebrates springtime in DC, the gift of the beautiful cherry blossom tree, and the enduring friendship between people of the United States and Japan. It commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukiki Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.  Throughout the festival, various daily events will feature diverse and creative programming to promote traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. Most of the events are free and open to the public. More than 1.5 million people visit Washington, DC during the festival to admire the trees and participate in the event.

The festival parade will take place on Saturday, April 13th from 10am to noon. The parade runs along Constitution Avenue (from 7th to 17th streets N.W.) and features celebrity performances, giant helium balloons, colorful floats, marching bands from across the nation, and more. Grandstand seating can be purchased for $20, and there is no cost for viewing along the parade route.

For a full list of the events by date, please click here.

cherry blossoms

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10 awe-inspiring places around the world has compiled a visually stunning look at the 10 awe-inspiring places around the world. On a planet as beautiful and diverse as our Earth,there are thousands of amazing places to visit. Each one offering something sure to satisfy your traveler’s curiousity as well provide you with a memorable experience. Why is a list like this so great? The answer is simply it hards you narrow down your options when planning a trip by offering input by those whose who have already been there. As the new years slowly creeps in and you begin to plan your big vacation for 2013, be sure to consider some of the gems in this list. Personally, we recommend visiting #10 on the list, Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site for its breathtaking landscape and wildlife.

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Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley - Photo courtesy of:

Five Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou Valley – Photo courtesy of:

Here is the complete list of 10 awe-inspiring places around the world:

1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

2. The Great Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef, Ambergris Caye, Belize

3. Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia

4. Trolltunga, Odda, Norway

5. Golden Circle Route, Reykjavik, Iceland

6. Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

7. Kyaikto (Golden Rock), Yangon, Myanmar

8. Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

9. Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia

10. Jiuzhaigou World Heritage Site, Sichuan, China

Japan Earthquake Tsunami Rolls into San Francisco Bay has a photo and video of Emeryville, CA, just ~13 hours after the 8.9-magnitude quake displaced Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of northeast Japan.

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