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Thursday, 2 April 2015

VV News: 桜-ワシントンDCには花見がある、中国は桜の起源を主張; さくらvs 気候変動 (with some script)

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Good morning. Welcome to the Vocab Voyage News for the day. 
As you can tell, it's a bit cold up here in Hokkaido this morning, but it is going to be a 
glorious day,, and I can go and finish clearing the snow off my garden, and go for a run. But not look at cherry blossoms because they're not even close to being here yet. 
Cherry blossoms. Today's news is on cherry blossoms. 
Washington D.C., they have a cherry blossom viewing festival too. In 1910 Tokyo gave 
Washington D.C. 2000 cherry trees. Shipped them over, planted them up. They all died. They 
all died pretty quick. So ten years later Tokyo shipped over 3000 replacement cherry trees, 
and they were OK; so they've got a big cherry tree thing, much like in Japan. And they have ahanami festival - a cherry blossom viewing festival.
It's every year. It started 20 years ago. This year the best times, the peak viewing times
are from April 11th to April 14th. There's a kite festival thrown in the middle of it. 
The trees are mainly Yoshino and Kwanzan cherry trees. So they're growing very nicely there. They've actually sent back cuttings from these trees to Japan, so there are the same trees 
back in Japan. They went over there. They grew and now they're taking cuttings, and coming 
back to Japan. So some very well traveled cherry trees. 

Please enjoy Vocab Voyage News for today. It's all about Cherry Blossoms. I learnt some stuff making this, and I'm sure you can learn from watching it.  Please also take the chance to watch the Cherry Blossom Vocab Clip. If you watch it on a computer you get subtitles of all the example sentences. Phones don't allow that feature.

The articles I talked about can be found here.
CNN Washington Post  The Telegraph The Telegraph

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