Washington Cherry Blossoms Symbolize Enduring U.S.-Japan Ties

The annual explosion of cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin frames the Washington Monument in the distance, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The cherry trees surrounding the Tidal Basin in Washington are symbols of the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan. Today, they attract 1.5 million visitors a year, and an annual Cherry Blossom Festival honors both American and Japanese cultures.