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Enjoy the blossoms and the Japanese cherry tree festival

Do not miss out on the most amazing and spectacular sight the Japanese Sakura Festival in Denmark at Langelinie along the harbour front of Copenhagen on 20 and 21 April 2024.

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By Bente D. Knudsen       Pictures: Hisham Ammar

The festival is celebrating its 17 th birthday – a festival  when the Copenhagen Municipality was given 200 Japanese cherry trees by the Danish Honorary Consul in Hiroshima, Mr Seiichi Takaki.

The occasion at the time was H. C. Andersen’s 200 year birthday, and as Seiichi Takaki is also President of the famous Japanese bakery chain, Andersen, and given they were using his name, it seemed an appropriate gift.

The trees were planted in the park at Langelinie and named  Kirsebærlunden.  A small ceremony was held for their first blooming season in May 2007.

In his speech, the Japanese Ambassador mentioned how Japanese cherry tree event take place when they blossom in Japan, the so- called “hanami” which means “flower-viewing” or “admiration of flowers” and he suggested, how nice it could be, if the new cherry trees at Langelinie could  become the basis of a small Japanese inspired event where people could gather, bring their picnic and admire the trees.

Little did he know at the time that the festival would grow to become a huge event.

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Since then more than 30,000 citizens gather each year at the end of April to celebrate the Danish-Japanese event, The Sakura Festival.

Every year more people seem to join in. This year the cherry blossoms have bloomed in time for the festival taking place the weekend of the 20 and 21 April at Kirsebærlunden on Langelinie.

The event is free of charge, takes place from 11:00 to 16:00 with numerous music and dance performances on the small stage put up for the event, as well as booths and activities for children.

If the weather remains dry it is a very popular event and you won’t be alone.

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Here our picture report from a previous year – courtesy of photographer Hisham Ammar