Sakura Hanami (Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing)

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, April 21st, 2010

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, April 21st, 2010

The Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami (Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing) dates back to the Nara Period (710-794). In Japan, the cherry blossom symbolizes the transient nature of life and is featured heavily in our beautiful Chiyogami papers.

For those of us in Toronto, we can enjoy the splendor of the cherry blossom trees for a few short days each year at High Park. Earlier this morning I was lucky enough to catch the trees in bloom and was able to appreciate why the Japanese are so inspired by these delicate flowers.

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, April 21st, 2010

Cherry Blossoms - High Park, April 21st, 2010

The collection of cherry blossom trees at High Park began with a donation of Somei-Yoshino trees made to citizens of Toronto in 1959 by the Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara. For more information, please visit High Park’s website.

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One Response to “Sakura Hanami (Cherry Blossom Flower Viewing)”

  1. [...] Spring sprung up for about three days this week here in Toronto, where people pull out their flip-flops and sundresses at the first sight of the sun. While I can’t get behind summer fashions in March – it’s freakin’ MARCH PEOPLE, step away from the sandals! – I’m as optimistic about spring and summer as any other greenery-loving, outdoor-drinking, night-walking lady out there. But I’m not here to talk about my night job. Basically, my point is: spring means flowers, and flowers means cherry blossoms! Image via Blogspot [...]

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