Spring Blossoms

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Spring has sprung in our nation’s capital—just in time for the National Cherry Blossom Festival happening now through April 13.

In 1912, Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo City gifted the Japanese cherry trees to the city of Washington. Today, more than 4,000 trees line the Tidal Basin, representing the enduring friendship between the U.S. and Japan.

At Room & Board, we are drawn to this natural beauty. That’s why we partnered with world-renowned Japanese artist Ayomi Yoshida to launch a limited edition collection of nature-inspired woodblock artwork. Ayomi is best known for her large-scale installations featuring thousands of tiny, flower-shaped wood chips.

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Ayomi Yoshida’s Installation at the Northern Illinois University Art Museum

With an unusually cold and snowy winter, all bets are on for when the blooms will be in full force. The average bloom date is April 4. National Park Service horticulturalists predict this year’s blooms will reach their peak beginning today through Saturday.

The festival features events that are free and open to the public. Can’t make it to Washington, D.C. to see the beauties in person? Check out the Blossom Cam on the National Park Service’s website.

Photos by Ayomi Yoshida and Kate Lloyd 

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