|Misako Ballet Company|
|Beautiful Kimonos adorned the Ceremony|
But once all their hard work was finished, the families watched their prized possessions get taken away -- they were asked to give them up.
The cranes will then be shipped to the Bezos Family Foundation in Seattle whose goal is to partner with children around the world to support their Japanese peers.
A view of the big pink lanterns that hung from the rafters of the Museum
The Foundation has pledged to donate $2 for every paper crane it receives from the National Cherry Blossom Festival for rebuilding efforts in Japan.
The ceremony was amazing, as it is every year. But next year, for the Centennial celebration, we should expect an even more amazing show. The focus this year is on our unconditional and lasting support for Japan.
Keiko Matsui who played a beautiful rendition of "Cherry Blossom."
Take Dancers were just as magically impressive, blending east and west athletic-art form to communicate universal health and happiness.
|These kids are working hard with their parents in making origami.|
Also just as wonderfully impressive was the Washington National Opera, Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. Both tenor, Jose Ortega and Maryland native, soprano Jennifer Lynn Waters wowed the audience and made the cheery, pink petals flutter all around the Tidal Basin.