Akebono and cherry jam at Burrard skytrain station

It was a gorgeous sunny day for the opening of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival at the Burrard skytrain station today.  The Akebono cherry trees are 2-3 weeks late this year, due to a cold winter. The Akebono cherry buds were about to open, and there were some blossoms at the top of the trees.

Leaving the station, I saw a woman taking pictures of the smaller tree planted in front of the station and realized this was probably my best chance for me to get a close-up  of the blossoms. The tree is in the sunlight. It was perfect.

For more information about the opening concert, check out my blog post for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival about the 2017 cherry jam.

Cherry Jam at Burrard skytrain

 

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!

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival banner

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 banner at Burrard skytrain station

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival banner is up at the Burrard skytrain station.

We have so many activities planned for the festival from April 4-30 2013!  Mark these dates to your calendar:

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2013 banner at Burrard skytrain station

Come celebrate spring with us!

Akebono at Burrard station

Burrard station Akebono Mar 23 2013

This Akebono cherry tree located outside Burrard sky train station (facing Robson street) is starting to bloom.

It’s a great location to take pictures of budding blossoms but it’s essential that you go in the morning to catch the morning sun (otherwise the tree will be shaded by nearby buildings).

Burrard station Akebono Mar 23 2013

The light was just perfect this morning at 9.30am.

Burrard station Akebono Mar 23 2013

The cherry tree is mostly buds at the moment, but if you have a good zoom on your camera you can do closeups of fully formed blossoms.

Burrard station Akebono Mar 23 2013

These budding cherry blossoms will delight visitors in a few days!

Photography tips: great location to catch budding Akebono cherry blossoms. A few blossoms are also open. It’s essential to visit in the morning before the tree get shaded by neighboring buildings. (These pictures were taken at 9.30am).

Cherry blossom viewing tip:  wait 5-7 days to visit this location (the blossoms will be fully formed then).

Did you know? This Akebono cherry tree was planted by VCBF Director Linda Poole in March 2006. Look how tall it has grown since!

First signs of spring at Burrard skytrain station

Cherry bud at Burrard skytrain station March 8 2013.

At the Burrard skytrain no cherry blossoms yet, but plenty of buds!

Knitted cherry blossom at Burrard skytrain station March 8 2013.

The only cherry blossom I found was this knitted blossom that someone had hung on a branch.

Cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station March 8 2013.

The good news though is that the Akebono cherry trees are full of buds which means that cherry blossoms are only a few weeks away.

Cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station March 8 2013.

The cherry buds give the trees a nice green glow.

Cherry trees at Burrard skytrain station March 8 2013.

In a few weeks, there will be so many cherry blossoms on these branches you will barely be able to see the sky!