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Cherry blossoms have started to bloom, showing their pale petals to the world after hibernating through a frigid winter.  This means it’s time for the Cherry Blossom Festival!

This past weekend marked the start of the 2011 National Cherry Blossom festival.  The annual celebration honors the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.  Throughout the two weeks of the festival there is plenty of events and activities for people to see and do.  For fans of Japanese culinary treats there is the Sustainable Sushi Tasting at National Geographic building on Wednesday, March 30th, from 7-9 pm.  Fans of fireworks should go to the Southwest Waterfront Fireworks Festival this Saturday from 1-9 pm and catch the fireworks display from 8:30.

Art appreciators should check out Cherry Blast 3 this Saturday from 8 pm to Midnight.  Cherry Blast will feature massive murals done by Art Whino artists, artistic performances, and include live bands and DJs.  History lovers should check out the Lantern Lighting Ceremony, where there is a ceremonial lighting of the 360-year old Japanese stone lantern – a gift from Japan commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s first Treaty of Peace, Amity and Commerce with Japan.

To start off this awesome festival, Editor-in-Chief Zach Benavidez and I braved the unseasonably cold weather this past Saturday to spread the artistic and literary vibe that’s always prevalent here at the Potomac Review.  You may have seen us walking around the Tidal Basin admiring the trees and soliciting Haiku from passers-by.  To inspire an even more festive mood, we have listed some of our favorites along with two Zach and I wrote on the day:

Windswept blossoms weave
Stories shown in pinks and whites
Outlining my path.
-Mariana T.

Blossoms on water
Photographers gathering
Blue Lovers floating
-Glenn G.

You are why we come
Pale blossoms ephemeral
Like snow in springtime
-Nicole E.

Blossoms surround us
Asking, what will become of
The maybe of us?
-Karen P.

Bitter cold air blows,
Asking for haiku is hard.
Festive spirit wanes.
-Zach B.

Blossoming petals,
Poised and regal, captivate
Washingtonians
-Antonio R.