Both Korea and the US received their cherry trees as a gift from the Japanese government around the turn of the last century. In Washington, they placed them around the Tidal Basin, and in Korea they are near the National Assembly.
I went expecting to see flowers but no festival, but the usual goings-on were going on. Balloon giveaways, photo ops with chartoon characters, free drum-banging, Spiderman, some guy with a cardboard box on his head ...
A popular attraction is the street portrait artists:
Here I am being murdered by a ninja made of Legos:
But the star of the show remains the cherry blossoms:
The greenery in that last shot is but a reminder of the passage of time. The blooms will soon fade away and fall off. In fact, each gust of wind produced a flurry of pink petals that twisted and hovered for a moment before gracing the ground.
If you want to see them, better hurry!