First, I would like to apologize in advance for the overload of pictures that are about to follow. If you know me well, you know I’m obsessed with blossom. In fact, my blog used to have blossom as a logo before I changed it to the current look and feel. I was therefore beyond excitement when I visited the Amsterdam forest (Amsterdamse bos) today to get emerged in a field of blooming trees with white and pink cherry blossom. The Japanese Blossom Park, as this area is called, is also the scene for the Blossom Festival this weekend, April 9-10, 2016. [continue reading after jump]
The 400 Cherry trees were gifted to the municipal Amstelveen by the Japanese Women’s Club in 2000. Half of the trees have Dutch female names, and half Japanese names. Amstelveen has a large Japanese community of residents. The festival is inspired by the Hanami Matsuri fests in Japan: the celebration of spring. In Japan, families have the tradition to celebrate the blossom season – Sakura – and picknick under the trees in parks. The cherry blossom symbolizes a new beginning. The Amsterdam blossom festival, will allow you to enjoy the blossom, food and music.