In 2006, the city was given 200 cherry trees by a Japanese businessman, Seiichi Takaki, to celebrate the 200th birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. To celebrate the breathtaking cherry blossoms that bloom in the spring, the Copenhagen Sakura Festival Committee was founded in 2008. Since then, they’ve been organising the traditional festival, with the help of the Japanese Embassy in Denmark, annually. And once again, on April 28 and 29 what felt like the whole city came out to celebrate traditional Japanese art and culture.
They were probably trying to look like Japanese cartoon characters.
Ah well, at least they tried
The Japanese ambassador Toshio Sano and the deputy mayor for culture
Pia Allerslev at hand were there to open the festival
Thai ambassador Piyawat Niyomrerks and the president of KUKS, Eleanor Bomholt
Indonesian ambassador Bomer Pasarido and his wife decided to take it easy
Albanian ambassador Arben Cici and his wife
Korean ambassador Byung H Kim
Japanese ladies pointing at their traditional … soda?
With plenty of kids activities to keep the little ones entertained, the festival
was a great family day out
That looks more like it, a Nori – a crispy, salty, crunchy, teriyaki-flavoured snack
All photos by Hasse Ferrold