Every year, in early April, when cherries blossom, Japanese people go out in nature, to Hanami! This custom of watching cherry blossoms is an opportunity for joy and celebration that makes the parks to be full of people willing to admire the unrivaled beauty of the cherry blossoms.
On Saturday, April 14 this year, from 14.00 to 16.00, people in Bucharest are invited to the Japanese Garden from the Herastrau Park (the entrance at the Triumphal Arch) to admire the cherry blossoms and celebrate in the Japanese style. The event, which is organized by the Japanese Embassy, the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania Association and the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania-Luminis Association, in collaboration with the Bucharest Municipality, the Tokyo Restaurant and the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, marks the official reopening of the Japanese Garden of Bucharest.
Being built twenty years ago with the support of the Japan World Exposition Commemorative Fund, the Japanese Garden from Herastrau Park was rebuilt in November 2017, at the initiative of the Japanese Embassy in Romania in partnership with the Bucharest Municipality, through the Bucharest Lakes, Parks and Recreation Administration (ALPAB), the “Ion Mincu” National University of Architecture and JTI, together with the Japanese Ministry of Territory, Infrastructure, Transports and Tourism (MLIT). The garden restoration works have been carried out by a team of Japanese specialists and Romanian volunteers, led by Master Takuhiro Yamada, the representative of the Kyoto Association of Landscape Architecture and a specialist with a wide experience in this field.
The volunteers who participated last year in restoring the garden, namely the members of the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania Association and the Chado Urasenke Tankokai Romania-Luminis Association, as well as volunteers of JTI and ALPAB, will be present to Hanami.
The first 300 visitors of the Japanese Garden will have the opportunity to taste traditional cakes and green tea prepared by the organizers. Access is free.