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Celebrate the National Cherry Blossom Festival with SPY

February 28, 2012

This year, celebrate DC’s famous blooms with the International Spy Museum (SPY).

Washington, DC – In honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, SPY is offering special Blossom-themed programming free-of-charge.

On Friday, April 13th from 6:00 – 11:00PM, the Museum is dedicating its April after-hours Spy at Night experience to the National Cherry Blossom Festival. SPY will host a ninja performance by Mie Prefecture, JAPAN. The ninja show is linked to the same prefecture (state) as Mayor Ozaki, a historical figure in the gift of the cherry blossom trees. The show is available to all. Those who wish to participate in all that Spy at Night has to offer can purchase tickets for exclusive evening access to the permanent exhibit and immersive experience Operation Spy. Spy skill challenges, espionage-themed music, and a full bar featuring a special cherry cocktail are also available. For more details see

The International Spy Museum has also created a SCVNGR challenge combining cherry blossoms and the intriguing world of espionage! The game is downloadable, free-of-charge, and available to all with a smart phone. Those who complete the challenges will unlock rewards redeemable in the Museum Complex. The game will be available throughout the Cherry Blossom Festival at

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the nation's greatest springtime celebration. The 2012 Festival, March 20 – April 27, includes five spectacular weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming promoting traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community
spirit. The 2012 Festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees
and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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