Saturday, March 16, 2013

Cherry Blossom Festivals around the World

Cherry Blossom festivals and celebrations are not limited just to the Washington DC area.  There are celebrations all over the country as well as all around the world.  Here is a listing of some celebrations and/or iconic places to view the cherry blossoms that may be in your neck of the woods.

United States


Himeji Castle in Hyogo, Japan

I personally am excited about the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, GA as this will be driving distance to our new duty station.  Another location to note is the Himeji Castle in Japan.  Imagine how beautiful it must be to see this epic and iconic castle surrounded by cherry blossoms!  This location is one for sure to be added to my Photography Bucket List.

Washington Monument 
Framed by Cherry Blossoms
ISO 100 ~ 28mm ~ f/5.7 ~ 1/100 sec
© Corrie M Avila

Since winter is hanging on in the Nation's Capital, the Capital Weather Gang is forecasting a later peak bloom to be on/around April 5th.  The National Park Service is staying with their original prediction of March 26-30th.  Basically, we don't know when the blossoms will make their anticipated arrival, but as it gets closer, we will know a little more accurately.  

If you aren't able to see the Cherry Blossoms this year, please make plans at some point to do so.  They are gorgeous and beautiful and worth the time and effort!  The best part is that you don't necessarily have to make it to Washington DC, as there are plenty of other places that may be closer to you that have celebrations.  If you know of one I haven't listed, please comment below so I can add it!

Capturing the Moment,

Corrie <3


  1. Wow, who know you could view the gorgeous cherry blossoms even in Brooklyn! I have been to the BBG but it was long ago - will try to get there <3


    1. I had no idea either! I don't think Brooklyn holds an actual "festival" per se, but I bet the blooming Cherry Blossoms are gorgeous! The Vancouver celebration looks to be a great one also <3

    2. What a fabulous way to welcome spring. . . have been thinking of the NY Botanical Garden up in the Bronx, too. Has been a couple years since we were there.