Japan's gift

A man photographs cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013. Washington's celebrated cherry trees, which have been slow to bloom in 2013 due to a colder-than-normal springtime, originated as a gift of friendship from the people of Japan in 1912.

( REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst / April 7, 2013 )

A man photographs cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington, April 7, 2013. Washington's celebrated cherry trees, which have been slow to bloom in 2013 due to a colder-than-normal springtime, originated as a gift of friendship from the people of Japan in 1912.

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