Hanami at Kö-Bogen

The count­down is on!

POS­TED BY ALEX IWAN, 06. März 2024

I have them firmly in sight, the won­der­ful, hap­pi­ness-indu­cing Japan­ese cherry trees at Kö-Bogen. We love the awaken­ing of spring – and eagerly await the first signs! Hanami is one of them! When people gath­er in parks and gar­dens in spring to admire the stun­ning full bloom of cherry blos­soms, the tra­di­tion­al Japan­ese Hanami fest­iv­al is cel­eb­rated. The arrival of the cherry blos­soms, also known as “Sak­ura,” marks the begin­ning of spring and is often seen as a sym­bol of beauty and tran­si­ence. Hanami is a tra­di­tion­al Japan­ese prac­tice that ori­gin­ated in the 8th cen­tury, when the Japan­ese nobil­ity began to appre­ci­ate the beauty of cherry blos­soms and pic­nic togeth­er under the bloom­ing trees. The word con­sists of the two Japan­ese terms “Hana” (flower) and “Mi” (view­ing). The events range from small fam­ily pic­nics to large fest­ivals with tra­di­tion­al music, dance, and culin­ary delights. View­ing the cherry blos­soms and cel­eb­rat­ing spring are thus integ­ral parts of Japan­ese cul­ture and are passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. But Hanami is not only a visu­al delight, it also has deep cul­tur­al sig­ni­fic­ance: it reminds people to appre­ci­ate the beauty of the moment and accept the tran­si­ence of life, a philo­sophy known as “Mono no Aware.” Hanami is there­fore not only an annu­al tra­di­tion but also an expres­sion of Japan­ese appre­ci­ation for nature and aes­thet­ics. And that’s exactly what fits with Kö-Bogen and the inter­na­tion­al, cos­mo­pol­it­an city of Düsseldorf.

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