Help! We’re drowning . . .
Here in the Pacific Northwest spring season, the cherry blossoms have burst open, saving the beleaguered denizens of the dark and damp. This winter, especially, has settled in like a watery vortex over our little corner of the country. But, just as we all cried a collective “Uncle”, the cherry trees gave us renewed hope with their enormous candytuft displays and sweet perfume. (Cue the angels and the parting clouds.)
We have a lot of cherry trees, ornamental and otherwise, in our area. One favorite tradition in Seattle is to walk onto the University of Washington campus when the enormous cherry trees are blooming in “The Quad.” Families dressed in their Sunday best will be standing under the trees, picnicking, taking pictures, and soaking in the breathtaking beauty of these old trees. They are lovingly attended and protected by all.
In Japan, the season of Sakura (cherry blossoms) is celebrated with Hanami which means “watching blossoms”. It is a holiday of sorts, celebrating renewal and the ephemeral beauty of these flowers.
Needless to say, cherry blossom viewing is a family-friendly activity.
Below are some links to various cherry blossom festivals around the USA and the world.
Please feel free to send in your recommendations as well.
Hanami or Cherry Festival links:
University of Washington Cherry Blossom Watch
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, April 21-23, 2017
Macon County, Georgia International Cherry Blossom Festival
Washington DC Cherry Blossom Watch
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri
St. Louis Missouri Botanical Garden
The Bloom: Japanese National Travel Guide
Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in China: Time Out China
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Sweden, includes Stockholm
Botanical Garden Curitiba, Brazil