This Spring Copenhagen invites to the 10th anniversary of the Copenhagen Sakura Festival, with 200 blossoming cherry trees. 2017 is also the 150th anniversary of Danish-Japanese Diplomatic Relations so the festival is expected to be extra festive.
We’ve seen a strong influence from Japan’s culture, society, lifestyle, fashion and design in trends coming to the Nordic region. But a trend that never seems to fade is the famous cherry blossoms of the Sakura trees, originating from Japan, attracting visitors from worldwide.
But did you know there’s also a cherry blossom festival in Copenhagen? The danes and visitors to the capital can in late April discover 200 beautiful cherry trees in Langelinie Park in Copenhagen. The trees was a gift from the Danish Honorary Consul of Hiroshima in 2005, to honor the bicentennial of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. And the festival opened in 2007, meaning this year is its’ 10th festival!
In addition to a all the blossoming trees there will be tea ceremonies, food stalls, martial arts and Japanese crafts demonstrations. This is a free event, perfect for families and it’s recommended to bring a picnic to enjoy the day to the full.
The Copenhagen Sakura Festival 2017 will take place from 29 April-30 April, every day from 10am to 5pm. Don’t miss the flea market (situated close to the main stage) during the festival. If you are visiting Copenhagen early May I would still go and have a look to catch the beautiful blossoming.
The Sakura Festival Copenhagen is taking place on the quayside promenade, home to the famous Little Mermaid statue and the Gefion fountain, as well as shops and charming cafes.
To find out more visit sakurafestival.dk
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