It was a hot but fun day in Washington, D. C. First we visited the Japanese Embassy's Japanese Cultural Center. We were able to talk to graduates of the JET program (Japan Exchange & Teaching) and receive instructions in ikebana (flower arranging Japanese style). Next, we headed to the Smithsonian Freer-Sackler Asia to America Museum, where we were treated to a docent's tour of the Japanese exhibits. Finally, we made our way to the National Arboretum. The Japanese bonzai exhibit was amazing!