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Cherry Blossoms in Bloom in Washington

The pink and white cherry blossoms that color the U.S. capital and draw a million visitors each spring began with trees that have survived for a century. 100 years ago this month, the first of 3,000 were planted as part of a gift from the city of Tokyo as a symbol of friendship.

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Cherry blossom trees bloom after sunset at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial along the Tidal Basin in Washington, March 22, 2012. (AP)
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Cherry blossom trees bloom after sunset at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial along the Tidal Basin in Washington, March 22, 2012. (AP)

Douglas Rathbun and his wife Michelle carry on a 12-year tradition of picnicking together during the peak of Cherry Blossoms, March 22, 2012. (AP)
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Douglas Rathbun and his wife Michelle carry on a 12-year tradition of picnicking together during the peak of Cherry Blossoms, March 22, 2012. (AP)

Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, March 20, 2012. (Lance Cheung/USDA)
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Cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, March 20, 2012. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin, March 22, 2012. (Photo: Flickr user Cabeel)
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Cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin, March 22, 2012. (Photo: Flickr user Cabeel)

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