Cherry blossom in Vancouver

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Vancouver cherry blossomCherry blossom time means Japan to most people. But the Canadian city of Vancouver is also home to a large colourful display.

Spring is one of the best times of year to enjoy a city break in Vancouver; the days are warmer, the nights are longer and the city comes alive with colour at the peak of cherry blossom season. Each year, more than 40,000 cherry trees blossom in a swathe of white and pink. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival  which runs from April 3rd until April 28th celebrates the sakura (cherry blossoms in Japanese) with traditional Japanese food, live music, events and workshops including Haiku readings and origami making.

And in the evening take a tour and see a completely different view of the blossom. The Sakura Illumination Tour invites locals and visitors to experience the beauty of cherry blossom after dark. Taking place on April 4 at Granville Island’s Sutcliffe Park (7:30pm – 9:00pm), the event encourages attendees to revel in the beauty of an illuminated canopy of cherry blossoms brought to life by LED and patterned video lights.

But the festival is more than just about cherry blossom. At the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden, April 5th—6th you can taste Japanese food, sip traditional tea and sake and take a class or two (try calligraphy or origami) as well as enjoying ikebana lessons, guided walks through the blossoms, taiko drumming and martial arts performances.

Or you can just enjoy the music. There is live music, dance performances, Haiku readings and more at the Cherry Jam Downtown Concer which takes place on Aril 3rd under the cherry blossom canopies of Vancouver’s Burrard Station.

The blossom should last for a lot of April so if it’s just the colour and beauty you are looking for, you have weeks ahead of you.

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