Springtime in Washington D.C. brings the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This two week celebration commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from the people of Japan. The trees were given as a token of friendship between the Japanese and American citizens. The festival takes place during the height of the cherry tree's blossoms-this year, March 29th-April 13th. As the Cherry Blossom Festival approaches and we are reminded of our friendship with Japan, our hearts and minds also reflect upon the countless tragedies in this island country.
When I saw this amazing Cherry Blossom Tutorial from Sarah at Sarahndipities, I was excited for so many reasons. First, it is spring! Second, it is Cherry Blossom season in our fair city, and third, perhaps I could bring some attention to this very special festival and the people of Japan.
Here is my very own Tissue Paper Cherry Blossom-so fun, so easy, and absolutely beautiful!
(If I do say so myself)
This year the festival is hosting a Stand with Japan Walk on March 24th at the Tidal Basin. This fundraising event will benefit the American Red Cross. If you want to become involved or if you can donate please click below and you will be directed to the National Cherry Blossom/American Red Cross site. Thanks everyone and thanks Sarah for such a fabulous idea!