Cherry Blossom Festival incorporates Japanese culture to honor historic gift

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Union Station gets a pink makeover for one night only as Cherry Blossom fans take over. The Pink Tie Party helps sponsor all the free events put on by the National Cherry Blossom Festival for the District of Columbia. They work to incorporate Japanese culture into all the events to honor the historic trees gifted to the United States 112 years ago.

“We showcase and honor the history of the festival, which is Japanese culture that definitely has inspired us,” said Diana Mayhew, the president of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Entrance of Union Station decorated for the Pink Tie Party put on by the National Cherry Blossom Festival on Friday, March 15, 2024 (Amy DeLaura/Washington Examiner)

Grab your passport, and you’re transported to Paris, Tokyo, and the nation’s capital, as local restaurants try to recreate food from each location with a cherry blossom twist. 

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