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エイリアン、地球を行く

Alien, the traveler on the earth

Cherry Blossom, Washington DC

Well...It's me, Alien. 

 

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Blooming blooming. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien was not able to post for a while for some reason.

Today Alien am going to report Alien's stay in DC for cherry blossom back in March. 

 

 

 

 

Alien heard cherry would bloom earlier than usual due to this year's warm winter.

Alien decided to visit DC for cherry blossom on March 24th.  

 

 

 

 

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Alien came to the West Potomac Park, a famous cherry blossom place.

Cherry trees sent fom Japan as a symbol of friendship are in this park.  

 

 

 

The park was very busy, under the clear bule sky.

American people love cherry blossom too, like Japanese people. 

 

 

 

Let's get into the park. 

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Wow the branches are full of blooms. Amazing!

The trees must be very well treated. It would be difficult to find such blooms even in Japan. 

 

 

 

 

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Alien could see Washington Monument, the symbol of DC. 

It was under repairment construction when Alien visited here two years ago. It looks great now.  

The monument reflecting on the pool was beautiful. 

 

 

 

Alien could see Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the other side. 

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Very DC view. 

 

 

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Alien walked to Jefferson memorial while enjoying cherry blossoms.  

 

 

 

Hello, Mr. Jefferson! 

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He wrote a first draft of the Declaration of Independence. 

Nice work! 

 

 

 

 

 

In the park, Alien could find several other memorials for great leaders who created the US history.  

 

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. 

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Hello Dr. King!  

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With Dr. King, Alien looked at the future where Alien and people on the earth are living peacefully. 

 

 

 

Stone walls inscribing Dr. King's words are surronding his statue. 

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Great words that Alien want to read aloud. 

 

 

 

 

This is a memorial for Mr. Franklin D Roosevelt. 

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This former president of the US is famous for the New Deal and presidency during WWII. 

 

 

Alien first greeted his wife. 

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Hello Ms. Eleanor! 

 

 

Hello Mr. Roosevelt! 

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This statue was a source of controversy, debating if the statue should be in wheelchair or not. Although Mr. Roosevelt was on a wheelchair in his later life, some argued disability was a sign of weakness and didn't fit the strong leadership of him.

Visitors can find the statue is on a wheelchair only when they see it from its back. A product of compromises.    

 

 

 

 

Alien with Fala, Mr. Roosevelt's dog. 

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He is the only US president's pet who honered as such. 

Alien want to be honored someday like him. 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, Alien had more places to explore in this park. Let's walk. 

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All branches are beautiful. 

 

 

 

 

This is a memorial for Mr. George Mason. 

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Hello!

Thank you for providing a space for Alien on your lap. 

 

 

Mr. Manson was the author of the Virgina Declaration of Rights, which served as an inspiration of Mr. Jefferson while drafting the Declaration of Independence (see 

George Mason Memorial - National Mall and Memorial Parks (U.S. National Park Service)). 

 

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Which book are you reading? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien really enjoyed nice weather, cherry blossoms, and the memorials. 

 

 

 

Alien can't miss cherry blossoms at night though! Illuminated cherry trees at night attract people in Japan.  

Alien had dinner and came back after it got dark. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alien, cherry blossom, and Washington Monument. 

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Beautifully illuminated. 

 

 

 

Let's get back to the Potomac Park to see more blooms. 

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Well...it is very dark... no lights around Jefferson memorial. 

 

 

 

Huuu Americans don't come to see cherry blooms at night. The park was very dark with almost no lights. 

 

 

 

 

...Oh Alien found an illuminated spot! 

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…The lights are only for restrooms.

No cherry-viewing party at night in the US. 

 

 

 

 

 

DC Map: 

https://www.nps.gov/nama/planyourvisit/maps.htm

 

 

K.