Today, the Japanese Hanami Sakura festival – which in the 7th century was a holiday almost exclusively of the aristocracy – has crossed the country’s social and geographical frontiers. We show you different destinations, where you can enjoy this spectacle of nature from 13,000 Avios.
Hanami is the custom of contemplating the beauty of flowers, but the cherry trees (or sakura) are the stars of the show. Their flowers, which last just ten days, announce the arrival of the rice harvesting season. Some see the phenomenon as uniting the importance that Shintoism gives to nature with Buddhism’s idea of ephemeral existence.
The Japanese gather together in parks under the cherry trees and have picnics that often last until night, and this is how they’ve exported this celebration to the rest of the world:
In recent years, Stockholm has planted more than 10,000 cherry trees all over the city. Craft and food stands fill the Kungsträdgården (King’s Garden), one of the most popular parks, joining the celebration of the festival organised by the Japanese Japanska Föreningen association. Held: 27/4 from 1pm-5pm; entrance is free of charge- Image: Dennis Wernersson
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