Cherry Blossom Season

A traditional Japanese activity that is now part of Canadian culture.

When cherry blossoms bloom, the Japanese like to picnic under the trees, take pictures and contemplate the flowers. This traditional activity is called Sakura Hanami.

The flower viewing tradition has appeared in Japanese culture for thousands of years due to the respect and celebration of “Mother” nature. In Japanese, “hana” means flower and “mi” means to view, and therefore “hanami” can literally be translated as flower viewing. In history, this custom started from the Nara period (710-794), the Emperor Saga hosted this practice for social gathering purposes. At that time, “ume” – plum blossom was chosen to view. Until Heian period (794-1185), cherry blossom was replaced and caught the eyes of many people. From that time, when using the term “hanami”, it relates to the sakura viewing. In the modern day, the hanami tradition is still preserved by the Japanese people. People usually celebrate hanami with their family, friends, or even colleagues. They go to the parks and find the best places under sakura trees and have parties. Japanese people will spend all day to enjoy this tradition even at night time. Moreover, Hanami at night is called Yozakura.

According to highparknaturecentre.com, in 1959, Toronto received 2,000 cherry trees from Japan as a thank you for accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War. For the Japanese, cherry blossoms symbolize purity and renewal.

Cherry blossoms can open from mid-April to the beginning of May, depending on the weather. They last seven to 15 days. Notices on social media channels and park websites record the first bud’s appearance, peak bloom and final day. Make sure to check them often so that you will not miss this beautiful event!

Where & When

Please check locations’ website for more information.

High Park, Toronto:
1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
highparktoronto.com

Kariya Park, Misisauga:
3620 Kariya Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3J2
mississauga.ca

U of T’s Robarts Library:
130 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A5
utoronto.ca/news

Centennial Park:
256 Centennial Park Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N3
toronto.ca

By Nhu Le

This content is also available in: Tiếng Việt

Discover

Bài Liên Quan

Canada pledges $850 million for the global fight against COVID-19

During an online global summit on May 4, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be contributing $850 million towards the...

Ontario’s Top Doctor Warns Residents About Getting ‘Casual’ With COVID-19 As Province Reports 78 New COVID-19 Cases

On Thursday afternoon, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams addressed the media saying the COVID-19 outbreak at an Ontario...

Canadians To Be Allowed into EU Countries, Extends Quarantine Rules for Travellers Requiring Self-Isolation says Federal Government

Since the start of the pandemic in March, the travel and tourism industry have ground to a halt as many countries gradually...

Amazing Hoi An!

Every year, Hoi An attracts millions of domestic and international visitors. Voted No. 1 this year in the list of the...

Nam Nguyen – Figure Skating Champion

Nam Nguyen, a 21-year-old from Ajax, Ont., has what it takes to make it to the top. He has placed in...

Money Matters – How to avoid overspending this holiday season

Yes, its that time of the year again with the parties for hosting and marshmallows for toasting, its the holiday season. The...

Finance Minister to Present Canada’s Economic Snapshot on July 8, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that an update regarding the country’s financial state during the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced on...

This content is also available in: Tiếng Việt