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Adult-entertainment and cherry blossoms 

Tidal BasinView of cherry trees across the tidal basin water

Adult-entertainment, cherry blossoms and mobile phones come together for the National Cherry Blossom Festival every spring in Washington, D.C. Many people walk around the Tidal Basin taking pictures of the beautiful blossoms with their mobile phones or just enjoy taking in the spectacular beauty of the cherry trees.

Visitors can enjoy the splendor of the blossoms at peak bloom at three monuments. These are the Thomas Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Memorials. Visitors can also enjoy the cherry trees in rented paddleboats that take them out into the Tidal Basin water. 

FDR Memorial signEntrance to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

History of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

The annual National Cherry Blossom Festival is a commemoration of an event that happened in 1912. Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo presented 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C. The gift is a symbol of the extended friendship and the close relationship that the United States and Japan have with one another. 

The first National Cherry Blossom Festival occurred in 1927. Schoolchildren reenacted the initial cherry tree planning. The Festival expanded to two weeks in 1994. The blossoming trees were a huge attraction that revolved around other festival activities. The 100-year celebration of the planting of the original cherry trees lasted for five weeks in 2012. 

Cherry TreeCherry tree in all its glory

Adult-entertainment, cherry trees and mobile phones

 Today’s National Cherry Blossom Festival has grown from humble beginnings to an annual springtime celebration attracting more than 1.5 million visitors to Washington, D.C to enjoy a different form of adult-entertainment. They want to capture these memories, so they use mobile phones to help them document their springtime visit to the American capital city.  

Every year crowds gather along the Tidal Basin to take pictures of the beautiful Yoshino cherry trees at peak bloom with their mobile phones. These visitors come from all over the world. As part of their adult-entertainment, they text and chat with friends and family about the visual images of the cherry trees in bloom. Mobile phones enhance their enjoyment as they walk around the Tidal Basin using the devices to take a snap shot, text or chat with friends and relatives.

What happens during the blooming period?

Peak bloom occurs when 70 percent of the blossoms of the Yoshino cherry trees planted are open. Peak bloom varies from year to year depending upon the weather and temperature. 

FDR Memorial WallPeople using mobile phones to take pictures of the cherry trees at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial wall

 The blooming period happens when 20 percent of the blossoms are open beginning several days before the peak bloom and last as long as 14 days. Frost or high temperatures combined with wind or rain can shorten the length of the blooming period. When the cherry tree petals fall and leaves appear, the blooming period is over.  

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

Martin Luther King MemorialMartin Luther King Memorial, Washington Monument in the background, cherry trees and people

The annual festival begins with a Pink Tie Party Fundraiser and ends with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. In between these two events are other events and activities. Some of these include a family day at the National Building Museum, Japanese Culture Day, Okinawa family festival, the opening ceremony, Blossom Kite Festival, Japanese musical and art exhibits events.

Click here for more information on the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

 It is also a yearly tradition to plant more cherry trees beyond the Tidal Basin in other Washington, D.C. neighborhoods. In recent years, the Festival has planted more than 1,000 cherry trees. These cherry trees are symbolic of a greener tomorrow for the Washington D.C. community. The trees will add beauty and splendor to the regional community for many years to come.