Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

Mar 23, 2014

Washington steps into spring with annual cherry blossom festival

The official opening ceremony for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington on Saturday drew a crowd of some 2,000 people to the capital’s tree-lined Potomac River, where events to highlight Japanese culture are slated to run for about three weeks. About 1.5 million ...

Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

Apr 16, 2013

Blossom Queen ritual becomes an education

by Emily Wax

Adjusting her cupcake-size replica of a Mikimoto gold-and-pearl crown and gliding through a downtown Washington hotel lobby in her white sash, Taylor Barfield offers her business card with a knowing grin: “First African-American United States Cherry Blossom Queen,” it reads. “Sorry if I’m groggy ...

Aomori blossoms 'best': poll

Apr 5, 2013

Aomori blossoms 'best': poll

Residents of Aomori Prefecture spend more time and money on cherry blossom viewing than people do in the nation’s other 46 prefectures, according to a recent survey by Weathernews Inc. The survey showed that the average per-capita number of planned cherry blossom viewing occasions ...

Jan 21, 2012

Cherry blossoms to stick to script

The cherry blossom viewing season is likely to start at around the same time as usual in many parts of the nation this year because temperatures are expected to rise around late February, Weather Map Co. said Friday. According to a forecast by the ...