After attending the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kick-off concert, I went to Mink Chocolates. During cherry blossoms season, it’s my favourite place to have tea since you have a view of Akebono cherry trees from the window. The trees are full of buds and just about to bloom.
For some reason, I noticed the words Trudeau (the name of our prime minister) written at the bottom of the cup. Click on the pictures to increase the size.
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off today with the Cherry Jam, a free concert held at the Burrard skytrain station in downtown Vancouver.
This year, several artists teamed up to offer a multidisciplinary experience: The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra performed first, then stayed on stage to accompany two dancers and a Japanese singer.
Chinese musician Ji Rong Huang played the er-hu while Dayna Szyndrowski performed tap dancing. I was blown away that someone had thought of mixing these two different art forms together. And they worked perfectly!
Japanese artist Yayoi Hirano from Yayoi Theatre Movement performed haiku in mime while accompanied by the flute music of Holly Burke. (I took a video.)
Vancouver Okinawa Taiko group closed the show with powerful drumming and dancing.
All performances were wonderful and memorable!
Whitcomb cherry trees are the first cherry trees to bloom in Vancouver, so they will be the first to lose their petals. I visited Tea Swamp Park to see the shower of petals. It’s probably the last week to see Whitcomb cherry blossoms.
Pandora cherry trees are blooming nicely at Mount Pleasant Park in Vancouver, B.C. You can identify Pandora cherry blossoms by the hint of dark pink at the tip of the petals. Also, the whole flowers are falling off the tree so if you look on the grass, at the bottom of the trees, you will only see whole flowers, no petals. It’s quite interesting.