Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms at Hirosaki Park, a Famous Sakura Sight
Tebura de Kanokai – Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic without Hassle
If you want to plan a cherry blossom viewing picnic but are concerned with troublesome set up, carrying heavy things, or cleaning up, we have some good news for you. We have prepared the perfect picnic plan for foreign visitors in Hirosaki Park. It is a limited special plan for only 10 customers a day!
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Sakura (cherry blossom) has a special place in all Japanese people’s heart, and is the nation’s beloved national flower. Because of their beauty, it has long been thought that god resides in the trees. Some say that the custom to enjoy a feast under the cherry trees began originally to worship god.
During the Heian era, cherry blossoms began to gain revere. There are many spring poems written describing the glorious festivities of the nobility concerning cherry blossoms.
The custom to enjoy cherry blossom viewing spread across all social classes around the Kamakura era, when it is said samurai and townspeople enjoyed a feast under the beautiful trees.
Over the years, cherry blossoms have remained popular and have been planted in all sort of places. It is no exaggeration to say that cherry blossom is part of Japanese people’s identity. Like all of the years past, people in Japan get ready to feast under the trees again for this year’s cherry blossoms.
The well-known Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is held at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) annually between April 23rd and May 6th. The park fills with locals as well as visitors from other prefectures and countries.
Presently, Hirosaki Park is a home to 2600 trees with over 50 different types of cherry trees. First to bloom is the Somei Yoshino cherry blooms, followed by the Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry), then finally the Yaezakura (Double Layer cherry). The cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) are unique as each branch produces more flowering buds due to a special pruning technique adopted from apple tree pruning. The cherry trees fill with beautiful blossoms.
Night illumination gives the blossoms a different beauty along with the Hirosaki Castle. The night cherry blossoms have been chosen as one of the best three in Japan.
If you want to plan a cherry blossom viewing picnic but are concerned with troublesome set up, we have good news.
We have prepared the perfect picnic plan for foreign visitors who wish to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture and enjoy good food while viewing beautiful cherry blossoms. The “Kiwami” cherry blossom viewing picnic is a limited plan only for foreign visitors.
Everything is done for you – from arranging food and drinks to the site set up and clean up. Visitors can enjoy an ultimate cherry viewing experience without any hassle. Additionally, a musical performance by hayashi musicians from Hirosaki Neputa festival is included. A guided tour of Hirosaki Park is also available for those interested before the start of the picnic.
The obento (boxed lunch) exclusively served at the picnic uses local ingredients and presented in a Tsugaru lacquer lunch box.
The featured drink at the cherry blossom viewing picnic is local sake selected by a specialist, and served in Tsugaru vidro sake glass. Aomori apple cidre (sparkling alcoholic cider) is also available.
A special musical performance by hayashi musicians from Hirosaki Neputa festival is included in the picnic plan. A guided tour of Hirosaki Park is also available for those interested before the start of the picnic (Tour start 11:00 AM~).
Please apply from here.
Application deadline: 04/11/2016 Monday
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