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The cherry tree on which the cherry blossom grows is a native plant of Asia, flourishing in China, Japan, Korea and India. In China and Japan, citizens hold flower-viewing parties under the cherry blossoms to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. To the Chinese, the blossom symbolizes feminine beauty or love. To the Japanese, the blossom symbolizes clouds or the fragility of life. In 1912, Japan gave 3200 cherry blossom trees to the United States to celebrate the growing friendship between the two countries. Today, those trees still blossom along the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. You can also enjoy cherry blossom time in Los Angeles at Balboa Park where 2000 trees -- also gifts from Japan -- adorn the grounds. The cherry blossom is also a favorite subject of
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