Saturday, March 20, 2010

Turning Japanese


It's cherry blossom festival time, here in Vancouver. I love spring. This year spring started in February, just in time for the Winter Olympics. Oh well, the city is in bloom and it looks beautiful.




The Nitobe Memorial Garden is located at U.B.C., and each April  they hold an Ohanami (cherry blossom viewing). This year it takes place on April 10th. Click here for more details.  Last year, I took part in a traditional tea ceremony, as well.  It was really lovely to watch, and so quiet and gentle.





Is your city in bloom yet? Happy Spring everyone!

35 comments:

Johanna said...

I would love to see this some day! Enjoy! It must be so beautiful.

Robe said...

The colour in these images is amazing!! So beautiful!

Pinecone Camp said...

Why thank you Robe!

PinkPanthress said...

The first three & the last pic looks so especially vintage, love the feeling they emit to the viewer!

We don't have a japanese Garden where I live, and it's still cold & rainy here, only a few Snowdrops & Croci have come out.

kate / tinywarbler said...

i know, i love all of the blossoms!! that top image is so pretty janis! (well, they all are....)

Lemondrop Marie said...

Lovely images! Love the pretty pinks for Spring. We had a surprise winter blast today, but we've been warming up and had some Spring here and there.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge
Spring into Spring giveaway

flo said...

I love when flowers of cherry beggins to pop up... Fragility, pastel colors... And with the wind, it's fly every where...
In my town, spring is not here... Soon, I hope !
Have a good day...

Pooch Morning Glory said...

hi janis
we sure dont have many blooms in ontario yat.
soon i hope
enjoy!
~laura

briannelee said...

Love these photos!

Some of the flowers are starting to pop up around here, but I am looking forward to when the leaves are back on the trees!

S and O said...

oooh how gorgeous!! I love all these pictures...the cherry blossoms are simply stunning!! :)

xoxo
Olivia

Heather Cameron said...

I need to buy some of these images from you!!! do you sell? Seriously, how perfect for the Shack when it opens - and my home!!!
pretty pretty pretty.

Melissa Blake said...

Beautiful! I'm hoping the snow we had here in Chicago this weekend was the LAST before spring comes! :)

The Rainbow Secret said...

....it's magic!

koralee said...

So amazingly beautiful....sigh..I am in love with your images. xoxo

trishie said...

So so jealous of you. i've always wanted to visit japan in spring for the cherry blossoms and join a tea party like you did.

Dragonfly said...

Aaaaah, sigh! So beautiful!!

Gigi said...

Gorgeous photos! We're not quite in bloom yet here in Massachusetts, but almost . . .

Can't wait!!

passport in my pocket said...

these are so lovely. I'm missing the cherry blossoms in D.C. this year, but I was able to enjoy them last April - amazing.

Oh - and I received my adorable green peace whale t-shirt today! thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!! :)

sarah, flourish design + style said...

So happy I came upon your blog! You're in Vancouver.. yay! We lived there for a short time a few years ago, one of my all time favorite places.. can't wait to visit your blog again! It's beautiful!

kerrisdaledesign said...

Just gorgeous Janis! Love those cherry blossom pictures! Vancouver indeed has some wonderful Japanese history and traditions. My children are a quarter Japanese (or as my three year old pronounces it "DapaMEEEZE")and I'd love to take them to the Nitobe Gardens once they are a little older and can fully appreciate it!

Karla
http://blog.kerrisdaledesign.com

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

oh I loooove your beautiful photos!! I too live in Vancouver and am so enjoying the blossoms:) I just found your blog through the lovely Koralee's blog.....can't wait to look around some more!

Tracey

Cristin said...

The blossoms on our cherry tree has come and gone already! The fig leaves are starting to make there way out again. Love spring. Lovely post.

xo,
cristin

Kitty M said...

Stunning images, the colours are amazing. I never realized there were links to Japan in Vancouver how interesting and I would love to experience a Japanese Tea Ceremony. For now I will have to stick to a quick cup of English Rosie Lee and then off to sleep Zzzz. Enjoy the rest of your week x

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I adore cherry blossoms!

jan said...

oh that tea ceremony sounds so cool. i love when they swish that swisher around.

Dandelion and Grey said...

Happy Spring! I love cherry blossoms.. I've been seeing them around & they make me so happy! We don't have a ton here in LA, but the ones we do have are beautiful!

Christine said...

I would love to take part in a tea ceremony. Lovely images. Thanks for checking out my blog!

Christine@TheFiveSenses.org

FEDERICA said...

Oh beautiful!
Wish you a lovely day,
Federica.

lemonade kitty said...

Lovely pics, we're nolt quite blossoming here in the UK just yet. Thanks for your comments Lucey xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Your pictures are beyond awesome. Just wish I could visit Japan one day.... who knows... xo

Silke said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!! I'm so glad I found your blog - your photos are simply stunning! I'll be back often... :) Silke

Post Grad Hair Cut said...

Gorgeous pictures. Happy that you're from Vancouver. I've been admiring the blossoms myself.

Maisey's Attic said...

Just found your blog - I'm in love with your stunning photos - xxx

erica@ moth design+luxe life said...

Love those blossom photos, stunning! :)

Aron said...

fantastic photos!