Besides being one of Washington, D.C.’s biggest events, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival also celebrates Japan-U.S. relations. These Japanese ties, as well as the friendship between the United States and Japan, are especially poignant this year in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011.
To that end, organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival have made a plea for donations to the Red Cross for Japan earthquake relief. Visitors to the festival will be able to donate to the Red Cross at the very popular Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival, which will take place on April 9. However, festival organizers are also urging that people donate to the Red Cross before the cherry blossoms begin to bloom.
UPDATE: The National Cherry Blossom Festival is also holding an online auction, partial proceeds of which will go to Japan relief.
Read more about the events scheduled for the 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival.