WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- The 101stNational Cherry Blossom Festival features more than just the fabulous blossoms by the Tidal Basin.

"Cherry Blossoms symbolize the friendship for many years between Japan and the United States," said Kenichiro Sasae, the Japanese Ambassador to the U.S.

Ambassador Sasae arrived four months ago to serve his post in Washington.He spoke toanchorwoman, JC Hayward, on Tuesday on WUSA 9 at Noon.

"Especially this spring season, it's wonderful to come," he said of the annual spring tradition of pink blossoms.

Locals and tourists alike can learn aboutJapanese culture through a series of events. The annual Japanese Street Festival will include food, music, art and other activities, Saturday, April 13, 2013.

The Cherry Blossoms were given to the U.S. from Japan more than 100 years ago as a symbol of friendship and diplomacy.

"All those years, there was a friendship and now, we're beginning another 100 years of friendship," said Sasae.

WUSA 9 is a sponsor of the 2013 festival. Saturday, April 13, 2013, anchors Andrea Roane and Mike Hydeck will be at the Cherry Blossom Parade starting at 10 a.m.
WUSA 9 will air the Cherry Blossom Parade at noon.

Reported/Produced by: Elizabeth Jia
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