As a gesture of friendship and continuing alliance, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo, Japan gave Washington, DC a gift of more than 3,000 Japanese cherry trees. Every year at about the same time in spring, the trees bloom magnificently, filling the Tidal Basin of West Potomac Park with bright pink blossoms and flower petals. More than 1.5 million people from all over the world travel to see the beautiful trees in bloom each spring.
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