If you’re looking to see a spring wonderland, there’s no doubt that cherry blossoms are considered to be the stars of spring. In Japan, where the tradition of celebrating cherry blossoms originate, the cherry blossoms symbolize the fleeting nature of spring. Due to its very brief appearance in the season, the cherry blossoms do live up to its name. A long standing Japanese tradition is to gather beneath the blossoms with food, music, and friends to commemorate its short presence. If you’re wishing to see the beautiful petals, but don’t want to take a flight to Japan, then there are several places in the U.S where you can witness the equally beautiful views of the flowers. I’ve compiled my top five most beautiful places to see these gorgeous flowers.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, NY
I’ve been to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and it’s very pretty. It’s also one of the most famous cherry trees in the country. Their main attraction is Sakura Matsuri, which is a festival that holds classic Japanese performance and dance. The festival holds by the end of April. You can enjoy cosplay displays and Japanese music. My most memorable moment is walking through the lane of the botanic garden and checking out the indoor gardens to see tropical plants and bonsai trees.
The Washington DC Sakura Matsuri Festival
If you’re looking for a big festival, then the Sakura Matsuri festival might be for you! It’s known as the biggest cherry blossom festival in America. There are performances, food stands, art and culture right at the heart of the historical city. I definitely see myself visiting DC soon to check out their festivals.
Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol, Salem, Oregon
What’s unique about the Cherry Blossom Day at the Capitol is that it commemorates the impact of the Japanese culture in their local community. While you’re there, you can participate in kimono contests and view bonsai demonstrations. The event is very family friendly where you can bring children to participate in fish printing, origami, and calligraphy. There’s also tea ceremony, drumming, and traditional dancing.
Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival, New Haven, CT
The city’s has a unique tunnel tree that crosses over one block of Hughes Place. The 70 cherry blossom trees have been planted in the 1978. The town celebrates the anniversary of the city’s founding in 1638 and includes artist, international food vendors, a puppet show, and live jazz. The festival has grown from a small event with a local band entertaining a handful of neighbors under lighted trees to a major New Haven all-afternoon event that brings thousands of visitors each year.
International Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon, GA
Georgia’s Macon-Bibb county holds the largest record of cherry trees in the U.S county. The city implanted more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees and they boast about them too! The town plans to celebrate this year plant sales, outdoor movies, markets, wiener dog race, parades, and concerts. Check out the International Cherry Blossom Festival if you want to rejoice with their theme of “love, beauty, and international friendship.”