From Japan to Washington, D.C. people gather to relish the beauty of the blooming cherry tree. Highly aniticpated and heavily photographed, the blossoms are celebrated by many. -- By Leanne Burden Seidel

People walk under cherry blossoms by the Tidal Basin in Washington,D.C. on April 9. The cherry blossoms were originally a gift from Japan, (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)