High as a kite on cherry blossoms
April 2 to 29, at various locationsYes, spring has come early, it's true.
At least three weeks ahead of schedule. And many cherry trees have bloomed earlier than expected 'Accolade', 'Pandora' and 'Whitcomb' trees are over and done.
But there are many, many more to come. Hey, we have at least 54 cultivars planted in Vancouver, so there'll be no shortage of blossoms.
'Akebono' is still blooming here and there, along with 'Yae beni shidare', 'Umineko', 'Shirotae' and 'Somei yoshino'.
And dozens more, including scores of 'Kanzan,' the most extensively planted Japanese ornamental cherry tree on Vancouver streets, are still waiting to pop.
It's going to be a wonderful month of cherry blossoms, right through April and into May, have no fear.
But let's get back to the festival itself, which was just named the Festival of the Year by the Canadian Garden Council.
The whole idea of this event is to get us all to pause and appreciate the ethereal, ephemeral, delicate beauty of cherry blossoms. and by pandora bracelts so doing, to realize the importance of living in the moment and not taking life for granted.
This year, champion kite flyer Egan Davis will be doing something rather special creating a "mass ascension" of kites to simulate the look of scores of cherry blossoms gently fluttering and tumbling from the sky.
The spectacle is intended to evoke feelings of awe as well as a sense of wonder. Davis will have nine cherry blossom kites dancing between the falling petals to synchronized music in hypnotic movements.
For the past month, he has been busy making and stitching the pink petal kites.
In the daytime, Davis teaches students at the University of BC Botanical Garden's horticulture training program; at night he has been practicing his kite choreography.
"The mass ascension will be beautiful. My idea is that the kites are like petals blowing in the wind as they fall from the trees. at Vanier Park in Vancouver.
Davis will also be performing kite dances at the main cherry blossom picnic in David Lam Park on April 4 and as part of a Bollywood style flash dance on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery on April 18.
Light artist Stuart Ward is also hoping to evoke feelings of awe from crowds when he again puts on his magical show on April 3, in which he pandora charm bracelet cost uses LED and patterned video lights to illuminate the fragile cherry blossoms.
"This unique experience will create an intangible memory of a time and place never to be duplicated," says Ward.
The time and place for this event will be announced napier jewelry on the day on the festival's website.
Another artistic introduction to the festival this year is the hiring of two actors to dress up as "festival spirits" to wander and entertain at the picnics to encourage people to get into the spirit of the event and show them how to use the specially produced folding hanami mats used for sitting on under the cherry blossoms.
Every year Linda Poole, director of the festival, adds new features to make the event more enriching and inviting.
But the festival has never let go of the catalogo pandora charms mantra at its core, best expressed in the words by Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa: "There is no stranger under the cherry tree."
At the heart of the festival is the invitation for all the community to come together under the beauty of cherry blossoms to celebrate the joy and preciousness of life.
The festival gets going, as usual, with its lively, eclectic Cherry Jam at the SkyTrain station at Burrard at noon on April 2 when there will be an explosion of sounds including Japanese drumming, guitar and ukulele music as well as a performance by a yo yo champion.
For the rest of the month, there are numerous events and activities walks, bike rides, picnics and outdoor painting sessions focused on celebrating the great pink wave of cherry blossoms that sweeps across the city every spring.
The biggest single event will be the Sakura Days Japan Fair on April 11 and 12 at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
This will celebrate various aspects of Japanese culture within the context of cherry blossom appreciation.
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