VANCOUVER: The Vancouver Museum and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden are welcoming spring with a new Vancouver tradition, cherry blossom viewing.
Cherry blossom viewing or O-hanami is a Japanese tradition dating back to the 16th century when aristocrats would write songs and poetry under the flowering trees, moved by the fleeting beauty of the fluffy pink blossoms. Today in Japan, the tradition is as strong but at times a little less refined. O-hanami still inspires picnicking and quiet reflection but also controversy. The little pink flowers have also become synonymous in Japan with what some would say, over exuberant revelry.
Over 18 varieties of the cherry bloom each year on Vancouver's streets creating a beautiful but short-lived display of the fluffy pink blossom. Over the next four weeks, the Vancouver Museum will lead Sunday morning excursions into four different Vancouver neighbourhoods, delving into the heritage of each area while enjoying the blossoms. The tours will then visit the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for tea, pastries and a tour of the garden.
Cherry blossom viewings begin March 24 continuing on March 31, April 7 and 14. Tours leave from the Vancouver Museum at 10 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members of the Vancouver Museum or the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, $35 for non-members and include admission to the museum. To register, call the museum at 604-734-7368.
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