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It's cherry blossom time in Washington and beyond

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California (inlcudes a Red Cross fundraiser for Japan aid)

Hawaii

Virginia

Pennsylvania

Washington state

Tennessee

New Jersey

Ohio [PDF], and elsewhere.

Some are larger than others, but these aren’t small-potatoes affairs: Macon, Ga., for example, spotlights more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees.

There also are festivals in Canada, England, China, Australia — and, of course, in Japan, where cherry-blossom viewing, called doing hanami, is practically a national sport. In addition to admiring the blossoms, hanami involves includes strolling and picnicking under the trees. There are dozens of festivals throughout the country, many with their trees illuminated at night.

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