Cherry blossoms 2015

From Japan to Washington, D.C. people gather to relish the beauty of the blooming cherry tree. Highly aniticpated and heavily photographed, the blossoms are celebrated by many. [26 photos total]

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People walk under cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin in Washington,DC on April 9. The cherry blossoms were originally a gift from Japan, (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images) #
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The blossoms of cherry trees in bloom along the Tidal Basin, April 11 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images) #
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A man photographs cherry trees as they blossom around the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A girl runs under blossoming cherry trees on Petrin hill as she enjoys a sunny spring day in Prague, Czech Republic, April 15. (Flip Singer/EPA) #
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Jim Twet of Virginia photographs a cherry tree blossom in the Tidal Basin at sunrise on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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A total lunar eclipse is seen between cherry blossoms in Shiraishi, Miyagi prefecture, in this photo taken by April 4. (Kyodo/Reuters) #
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Tourists from Thailand take pictures of cherry trees blossom in Bern, Switzerland, April 14. (Peter Klaunzer/EPA) #
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Runners pass under cherry blossoms along the tidal basin on the National Mall on April 9 in Washington, DC. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Visitors row a boat in the Chidorigafuchi moat covered with petals of cherry blossoms in Tokyo, April 4. (Yuya Shino/Reuters) #
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Mary Catherine Wickham of Washington, DC, photographs cherry trees as they blossom around the Tidal Basin at sunrise on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Fields of cherry trees in full bloom on April 4, in the Jerte Valley, near Plasencia, in the region of Extremadura, Spain. During spring around two million cherry trees bloom at Jerte Valley bringing thousands of visitors to see the landscapes covered in white blossom. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) #
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Fully opened cherry blossoms are seen along the Tidal Basin, April 11, in Washington, D.C. (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press) #
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People photograph themselves under blooming cherry blossom trees in Washington April 11. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) #
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People jostle for a position to take a photograph of cherry blossom trees in full bloom in a park, on March 31 in Tokyo, Japan. During cherry blossom season thousands of people gather across Japan to practice 'Hanami' (Flower-viewing parties) the centuries old tradition of picnicking under a blooming Sakura tree. Hanami is said to have started during the Nara Period and still today people gather wherever cherry blossom trees are blooming and enjoy food and drinks often well into the night. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #
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A woman takes a photograph of cherry blossoms on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 13. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) #
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People take photographs of cherry trees as they blossom around the Tidal Basin near the Washington Monument at sunrise on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People use a "selfie stick" as they photograph themselves in front of cherry trees as they blossom around the Tidal Basin on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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People pose for a photo as they take part in 'Hanami' or Flower-viewing parties under cherry blossom trees in full bloom in Ueno Park, on April 3, in Tokyo, Japan. As cherry blossom season coincides with the beginning of the new school year and the beginning of the business year many hanami parties are also used by companies and organizations to welcome new employees and bring staff together. Tto get a prime position under trees in full bloom, often companies will have younger employees reserve a spot hours or even days before the planned party. ( Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #
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A man waits to use a row of portable toilets during 'Hanami' or Flower-viewing parties under cherry blossom trees in full bloom in Ueno Park, on April 3, in Tokyo, Japan. During cherry blossom season thousands of people gather across Japan to practice 'Hanami' (Flower-viewing parties) the centuries old tradition of picnicking under a blooming Sakura tree. ( Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #
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A robin sits in a cherry blossom tree along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7. (Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) #
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A visitor to the Tidal Basin at dawn walks beneath cherry blossoms, with the Thomas Jefferson Memorial behind, in Washington DC, April 12. The 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of three thousand cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington DC. (Michael Reynolds/EPA) #
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A sixteen-year-old Pomeranian dog named 'Pomeroy' rests after being placed by his owner on a cherry tree in bloom, at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC, April 12. (Michael Reynolds/EPA) #
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People take pictures as they walk under blooming cherry trees on the tidal basin in Washington April 11. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) #
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Cherry blossom petals are seen on the ground where 'Hanami' or Flower-viewing parties were held on the final days of the cherry blossom season in Ueno Park, on April 7, in Tokyo, Japan. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #
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Cherry trees blossom around theTidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, April 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) #
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Sumo wrestlers walk under cherry blossoms in full bloom on their way to the 'Honozumo', a ceremonial sumo tournament at the Yasukuni Shrine precincts in Tokyo, Japan, April 3. (Franck Robichon/EPA) #

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