The National Park Service offers a variety of FREE cherry blossom tours during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.Park rangers will lead the following tours giving visitors an overview of the history of the trees and the national memorials.Cherry Blossom Talks Dates: March 18-April 3, 2016Times: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1- 6 p.m.
Memorials on the Tidal Basin Dates: March 18-April 3, 2016Times: noon and 4 p.m. Memorial Learn all about the memorials and the cherry trees on the Tidal Basin.
Lantern Tours Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, March 18, 19, 25, 26, and April 1 and 2, 2016. Meeting Place: Tidal Basin Welcome Area See a map See the cherry blossoms at night by Japanese lantern light!
Memorials on the Reflecting Pool Dates: March 18-April 3, 2016Times: 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.
Location: Lincoln Memorial Learn all about the memorials on the National Mall.
Cherry blossom tattoos and their meanings have several different associations.
While many people render the soft pink flowers as an ode to spring and hearken their arrival at festivals throughout the country, other cultures such as the Japanese believe cherry blossoms represent beauty and the fragility of life.
For an inked design that is filled with spirit and beauty, a cherry blossom tattoo makes a novel choice for anyone experiencing a serious bout of spring fever.
Take a look at the many ways a cherry blossom signifies beauty and life and bloom with your own inspiration.
Inspired by centuries old woodblocking techniques, the Japanese refer to sakura (cherry blossoms) as a symbol of life.