I took this photo a few years ago during the Cherry Blossom Festival season in Washington, DC. It is my favorite part about living in this area. The festival commemorates the gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in 1912. Besides the breathtaking beauty of the delicate pink blossoms lining the paths around the Tidal Basin, I take heart in seeing tens of thousands of people of all ages, from all around the world, gathered in serene awe of their fleeting beauty. Speaking of which, here is a brief article based on a spontaneous interview I did with WAMU during the 2011 cherry blossom season.