This cherry is a prominent feature of a number of annual cherry blossom festivals. Festivals take place all over Japan between March and May. Viewing cherry blossoms in Japan (hanami) began perhaps 1300 years ago and may also include night-lighting activities called yozakura. In Washington, DC more than a million visitors attend the annual celebration that commemorates Japan's 1912 gift of cherry trees to the United States and Japan. Of the twelve varieties in the original gift, the Yoshino cherry and Kwanzan cherry are the two that now dominate.
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- U.S. National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/cherry/cherry-blossom-types.htm