Our Day Amoung the Flowers
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This blog has been long overdue. But I have the inspiration, so why not write?
The cherry blossom festival is an annual festival held in Washington DC to commemorate the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees fro Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, honoring the lasting friendship between the US and Japan. It also celebrates the continued close friendship of our two nations. But the majority of the people go to look at the beautiful trees in bloom. And this is exactly what my dad (marksreynolds), stepmother (bwith16), boyfriend and I all did on Saturday April 4th 2009.
My boyfriend Joe had come over the night before and spent the night at my dad's house. So we could all get up early the next morning and head off to catch the metro into Washington. The line was huge when we got there, but moved fairly quickly. A few friends of Joe's an I's were also going that day with their Japanese club, so when they got there we said hi and then went our separate ways.
The metro ride was about an hour or so and there wasn't too many people. We had a little trouble figuring out where we were supposed to go to actually find the Tidal basil. But with the help of a trusty area map we found our way.
We spent a good part of the day walking around the tidal basin and taking lots of pictures. We saw the Washington Monument and the Jefferson monument.
We saw the Friendship statue..and then came upon Roosevelt Memorial. Which is a beautiful outdoor display that takes a good half an hour to walk through. Stone walls enclose it off and it's essentially one big garden filled with fountains, statues, and memorable sayings carved into the stone walls. It was one of my favorite parts of the whole trip.
After that we were all hungry and our feet hurt, so we made out way back to the metro to head to another part of Washington to get lunch. It was even more crowded then when we first got there.
My dad was the main one that wanted to go here, so we all kinda followed his lead. After a wait in a line for another ten to fifteen minutes we got inside to a small building that was packed with people. It reminded me of a deli..with the counter and then tables across from them, then more tables in the back. It was so crowded it was hard to move without bumping into someone. Joe and Lena went to get a tale while dad and I got the food. The staff was very friendly and the music was interesting. A mixture of rap and reggae...I have to say I liked it.
Dad and Lena both got chili cheese dogs and cheese fries.
I got a phone call from our friends that were there and they wanted Joe and I to come and join them down at the street fair they had going on. So Joe and I separated from dad and Lena, who went home because they are old, and got on another metro train to head to the Street Festival.
It took up about a mile of road and was filled with booths and stages displaying various things people were selling. All of it having to do with japan. It remind me of a very small version to an anime convention I go to in Baltimore every year. There were people in costumes and selling artwork. It was all very amusing.
Joe and I walked around for an hour or so, played some Dance Dance revolution and then met up with our friends Zelda and Andrew. We all walked around and talked, looked through the assembly of booths and then around five or so I called my dad so he could meet us at the metro station. He agreed to take our friends back to the college where their car was, so they tagged along too. As we walked back to the station nearby so we could start heading home I made friends with a squirrel. The others weren't as amused with him as I was.
The metro ride home was crowded, all four of us having to stand a majority of the time. But there was bits of sunshine in the darkness. I found out my boyfriend is very good with small children. A little girl sitting in front of Joe and I with her brother and mom started crying.
Dad met us at the station and ended up giving away or day passes to some random couple he found inside. It wasn't like we were going to use them. After the long day everyone was tired and sore, Andrew fell asleep during the car ride.
Dad dropped the two of them off at the community college we go to where their car was parked and then we were on our way back home. Joe spent the night again that night and went home the next morning after driving me to work. All together it was a wonderful trip.
Here's the website for the cherry blossom festival if any of you are interested in checking it out.
The flowers are really beautiful and its a good excuse to go sightseeing. I highly recommend it as a date kinda thing. Just walking along the water with your significant other under the cherry blossoms. But there is something for all ages in the street fair. So come out and see it!