Spring in bloom

The cherry blossoms blooming in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo mark the end of winter.

Two people in a row boat view cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, Japan, on April 2. "This weekend and probably the entire next week should be the best time this year to see cherry blossoms in major cities," according to the Web site Kimimasa Mayama / EPA
With the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in the background, cherry trees blossom along the Tidal Basin near the National Mall in Washington on March 30. Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP
Cherry blossoms begin their annual blooming season along the Tidal Basin on March 31, 2010, in Washington, D.C. The cherry trees, given by Japan to the United States as a gift 98 years ago, are the center of the Cherry Blossom Festival which runs from March 27 through April 11. Win McNamee / Getty Images
The National Cherry Blossom Festival lasts two weeks each year, and celebrates springtime in America's capital. In 1912, Japan gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington to mark the friendship between the two countries. Win McNamee / Getty Images
Cherry blossoms bloom near a Japanese sculpture and the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. In 1981, Japan was given cuttings of D.C.'s cherry blossom trees to replace some of their own that were destoyed by flood. Win McNamee / Getty Images
A monk from Thailand, now living in Alexandria, Va., walks along the Tidal Basin to view the cherry blossoms in bloom in Washington, D.C. Brendan Hoffman / EPA
People view cherry blossoms by boat in Tokyo on March 27. The bloom was only at 30 percent as continuous rainy days and unseasonably low temperatures delayed the full bloom. Kimimasa Mayama / EPA
Japanese macaques eat cherry blossom at Tokyo's Ueno zoo on March 29. The zoo incorperated a cherry tree into the macaques habitat as the sprouts and flowers are their favorite foods. Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP - Getty Images
A steam locomotive passes under fully bloomed cherry blossoms at Hitoyoshi city in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu, on March 27. The JR Kyushu operates the steam locomotive every weekend as a tourist attraction. JIJI Press via AFP - Getty Images
The Tokyo Tower is seen behind a cherry blossom in full bloom in downtown Tokyo. Japan's meteorological agency announced that cherry trees bloomed six days earlier than previous years. Toru Yamanaka / AFP - Getty Images