In Japan, “Hanami” (literally “flower viewing”) is the tradition of appreciating the beauty of flowers in blossom and often apply to cherry trees (Sakura) and plum trees.
In Göteborg, the botanical garden, Botaniska Trädgården, organise each an event to celebrate this “beginning” of spring, appreciate the colorful trees and flowers and discovering some pieces of Japan.
Last Sunday, Botaniska was the place to be to have a little taste of Japan. The event started with release of fishes in the garden’s water.
Among various other, it was possible to watch various martial art demonstration, have a picnic under cherry trees decorated with colorful lanterns, taste Japanese tea, participate to traditional dance and even to meet a Samourai !
If you missed it, you can still visit the Botanical garden to enjoy the flowers and the cherry trees in blossom. Don’t hesitate to have a walk in the Japanese garden too, it’s beautiful.
And if you are interested in Japan and don’t want to stay in Göteborg next weekend for Valborg (which would be a shame in my opinion, it is a really huge thing here :p), you can attend the Sakura festival in Copenhagen. I have been there two years ago and it is also really nice.
Finally my only little regrets about Hanami this year was to not see my friends in traditional kimono as they were two years ago.
And of course, I was missing the warm weather we had back then. Despite an amazing sun this year was pretty cold. We even had snow ! At a spring celebration. Trust me Sweden is always surprising and amazing =).
All the best,