Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver
It’s a dance of the sugar plum fairies and cherry fairies this time of year in Vancouver. No, I’m not talking about Tchaikovsky or of the Nutcracker ballet, but rather of the tree-lined streets adorned with blooms likened to pink clouds. Spring has sprung and with it little buds from cherry, plum and crab apple trees are being spotted on Vancouver’s boulevards. This month and next month, locals and tourists will attend the Sakura Night Gala, Haiku Invitational, Cherry Jam Concert, and Sakura Days Japan Fair, to celebrate the cherry blossom season.
What may seem to be a traditional sight and subsequent event in Japan, cherry trees have become a beloved natural product in Vancouver due to our history. “In the early 1930s the mayors of both Kobe and Yokohama presented the Park Board with 500 Japanese cherry trees for planting at the Japanese cenotaph in Stanley Park honoring Japanese Canadians who served in WWI” (www.vcbf.ca). Over the years more cherry trees were planted around the city and in 1958, 300 came from Japan, donated by Japanese consul Muneo Tanabe. Now, through the Vancouver Park Board, there are over 130,000 trees adorning the city streets with multiple species. If one cannot see the cherry trees of Japan or Vancouver, where is your favourite place to spot cherry blossoms in your city? We look forward to receiving your photos and can publish them on WeChat or in our next monthly newsletter.