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.

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4 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!

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