Celebrating Cherry Blossoms -Vancouver style

This year’s Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival got off to a perfect start Thursday, April 5, with sunshine and cherry blossoms both cooperating. The Akebono cherry trees alongside Burrard Skytrain station (site of the festival kick-off) were in full bloom!

The event included Taiko drumming and other performances of Japanese music, as well as energetic Bollywood-influenced dancing that got the crowd joining in (led by Shiamak dancers, who are choreographing a flashmob umbrella dance to happen April 14).

The blossoms, people, and multicultural celebration inspired this haiku:

downtown Vancouver
oasis of blossoms
welcomes everyone

(Note: the festival also hosts an annual international haiku contest)

The celebration of blossoms continued at Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden over the weekend with Sakura Days Japan Fair.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

5 Responses to “Celebrating Cherry Blossoms -Vancouver style”

  1. Yousei Hime Says:

    Lucky!!!! Ours are long gone, though I am enjoyed some mysterious (not cherry) tree blossoming by our front deck. I’ll post pictures soon. Hope you enjoyed it enough for me too.

  2. Yousei Hime Says:

    Still blooming? Ours are long gone and again, I didn’t see a one. 😦 Thanks for stopping by.

    • Jacqueline Pearce Says:

      The ones in the above photo are finished now, but some different varieties are still in bloom. I promised a follow-up post on another Cherry Blossom Festival event, but haven’t had time to write it yet –hope there are still some blooming by the time get to it!

  3. Breaking the ice (haiku reading and upcoming workshops) | wild ink Says:

    […] partnering with Vancouver’s Joy Kogawa House to celebrate haiku with events leading up to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. Last night, I was joined by other members of the Vancouver Haiku Group, as well as visiting poet […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: