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Picking Cherry Blossoms: Illegal, But Alluring

With the cherry blossoms' peak bloom estimated to start next week, we're also about to enter peak blossom-picking season. Of course, the threatened fine is enough to keep people from plucking the blossoms.

But not all! The Crime Museum, in an impressive effort to make a connection between something as idyllic as the cherry blossoms and crime, surveyed its website visitors to find out who would pluck cherry blossoms.

Seventeen percent of respondents said they had plucked the flowers in the past, inspiring the Crime Museum to, somewhat bafflingly, try to stop the crime wave by offering a lesson on making origami cherry blossoms instead. ”We are eager to offer this unique opportunity to keep festival goers from committing a crime during the festival," the Crime Museum's Janine Vaccarello says in a dramatic press release.

For festival-goers hoping to avoid the lures of blossom-picking recidivism, the museum is offering the origami seminars every Friday and Sunday from March 29 to April 14, starting at 11 a.m.

Photo by Peter Lee via Flickr / Creative Commons Generic Attribution License 2.0

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  • DC

    I think it's mostly tourists that don't know any better(well "don't know better" in that besides fucking common sense). Try should make the signs prohibiting it more obvious.

  • Charles

    Last year I went down to see the cherry blossoms with some friends and we had to yell at parents who were letting their kids climb in the trees.

  • Drez

    Clever tie-in for the Crime museum to attach to this very popular festival.