Some of the great things that come with living in large metropolitan areas are the mix of cultures and people that constantly come in contact everywhere you go. Granted, that for some folks those are also the very reasons why they wouldn’t be caught dead in such places. But no matter how anyone feels, there is no denying that cities are beehives of activity for just about every interest out there. And the more international the city, the more diversity its citizens will experience on a daily basis. This diversity has been quite evident during this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. Take a stroll any morning around the uneven shores of the Tidal Basin and you will experience a slew of foreign languages being spoken, people dressed in varied outfits that reflect their country of origin, musicians banging away in some sort of ritualistic rhythm, lovers kissing under trees that glow with the majestic colors of spring, and the sweet aroma of exotic foods competing with nature for your attention. Photographs may not do it justice, but for the thousands of photographers out there who tried to capture the essence of this brief flowering and human spectacle, there was no better place to be. And to the Japanese people who kindly made all this possible with their incredible gift, ありがとうございます。(Thank you very much).