Finally the weather has reached the desired 20°C, and we can stuff our winter jackets far back in the closet. And, if you are in Copenhagen in the nearest couple of weeks and have a desire to take some time off from the hasty mid-town life, I have a perfect spot for you. On Langelinie pier, near the central Copenhagen and the Little Mermaid, you can find a little piece of heaven. Literally – because Sakura trees, planted all along the pier, look like some fluffy clouds. 200 of Japanese cherry trees were donated by Mr. Seiichi Takaki, President of Andersen Institute of Bread & Life in Hiroshima, in occasion of anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen’s 200th birthday.
In Japan, Sakura blossoms are loved and admired. Just before the beginning of the season, national TV-stations transmit the predictions of the blooming dates throughout the country, so people enjoy their time with friends and family under the beautiful trees. There is a special word for it – 花見, hanami (lit. ”flower viewing”). Those, who are especially keen of hanami, travel across the country, from South to North to admire the blooming for longer time.
Every year in Copenhagen is arranged a Sakura Festival, where you can treat yourselves with Japanese dishes and sweets, listen to Japanese music and take a part in traditional dancing under the blooming Sakura. Unfortunately, this spring was too cold for the trees to bloom in time for the festival. Nevertheless, today Sakura is in full colour, so you could enjoy your own little hanami in the middle of Copenhagen.