In 1912 the mayor of Tokyo gave Washington DC 3000 cherry trees. One hundred years later they and others are in full bloom This Week! You can read more about the history of the trees and events associated with the Cherry Blossom Festival here. Rose, the children, Peter and I walked over to the Tidal Basin this morning. The beauty of the trees sufficed to help Soren overcome a recent aversion to pink (too girlie) and to declare it his second favorite color.