WAMU 88.5 : News

Cherry Blossom Festival Organizers To Hold Fundraising Walk

Play associated audio
The Cherry Blossom Festival and D.C.'s monuments are two of the draws for tourists every year. The city is reporting that 15.5 million people visited the District last year.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cayusa/2375124085
The Cherry Blossom Festival and D.C.'s monuments are two of the draws for tourists every year. The city is reporting that 15.5 million people visited the District last year.

The walk will start at the Washington Monument and work its way around the Tidal Basin.

Diana Mayhew, president of the Cherry Blossom Festival, says at its heart the festival is about the relationship between Japan and the United States. What began as a gift 99 years ago has become D.C.'s most popular and important tourist attraction.

Thursday night, Mayhew says, will be a chance for people to take time out before the festival officially begins and reflect on what's going on in Japan.

"Cherry blossoms symbolize rebirth, renewal, and now rebuilding so we want to keep that in mind going through this festival and taking time as a reflection as well," Mayhew says.

The walk starts at 6:30 p.m. Money raised will go to the American Red Cross.

NPR

Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.