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Cherry Blossoms in High Park

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This picture story was submitted by Maria Matusik from TorontoOntario.

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Every year at this time in early spring, between late April and early May a lot of people gather to High Park to admire the Cherry trees in beautiful bloom. These trees bloom for a short time, for a week or a week and half if the weather is nice but if it rains while they are in bloom then the flower petals fall quicker and the blooming can be over. The first Japanese Somei cherry trees was planted in High Park 65 years ago.

On April 1, 1959 the Japanese ambassador to Canada Toru Hagiwara presented 2000 Japanese Somei Yoshino Sakura on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo, Japan, as a gift to the citizens of Toronto for their support of Japanese-Canadian refugees after the Second World War.

The Sakura Cherry Blossom is the national flower of Japan and symbolic of Spring. The Sakura Hanami is the Japanese tradition in going to view the cherry blossom bloom and in English translate to “cherry blossom viewing” or “flower viewing”. Sakura is the Japanese translation for “cherry blossom” or “flower”. Hanami is broken down into two words, Hana means “flower” and mi means to “view”.

I really like this period of time in High Park when the cherry trees bloom in spring. It’s lovely then. I would like to share the photos with you that I took this week while walking and admiring the charm of the cherry blossoms.

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