Copenhagen Sakura Festival – A feel of Japanese atmosphere in cold Scandinavia

Since 2008, people flock in Copenhagen in spring to enjoy the colorful Sakura Festival organized by the Copenhagen Sakura Festival Committee with the help of the Copenhagen Municipality, the Embassy of Japan and Japanese firms and cultural groups in Denmark. Thanks to the Japanese businessman, Mr. Seiichi Takaki, who donated the number of Japanese trees now planted at Langelinie Park, where The Little Mermaid statue is also situated, the Danish locals and visitors no longer have to endure the long flight to Japan to experience the wonderful atmosphere the Cherry Blossoms Festival bring about.

Off to Sakura Festival
Off to Sakura Festival
Off to Sakura Festival
Off to Sakura Festival

The festival is a 2-day event, usually held on a weekend. This year, it was held from April 30-May 1. Langelinie Park is the long strip of paved road and little gardens from the Gefion Fountain to the Little Mermaid. There’s much to see within the park and the surrounding neighborhood, like the star fortress Kastellet, the Botanical Garden, Rosenborg Slot, Amalienborg Slot, etc. Operahuset can also be seen from the other side of the waters. My friends and I enjoyed walking through the sakura trees. We ended up at the Tivoli Gardens and Amusement Park, which also has a beautiful array of various flowering plants and sakura trees.

St. Alban's Church, where Gefion fountain is also located
St. Alban’s Church, where Gefion fountain is also located
Lovely sakura trees!
Lovely sakura trees!
My last photo with the Little Mermaid before I moved to Norway
My last photo with the Little Mermaid before I moved to Norway
CPH Sakura Festival
CPH Sakura Festival
CPH Sakura Festival
CPH Sakura Festival

Several activities are prepared for the visitors during the festival. They have drum shows, martial arts, ninja moves and samurai sword fighting exhibitions, japanese toys exhibition, group dances, karaoke, fashion shows, food tasting, tea ceremony and flea markets. Find their Facebook page here to learn more about the annual event: Copenhagen Sakura Festival on FB.

Entrance to Tivoli is not free. For tickets and visiting information: https://www.tivoli.dk/en. The Tivoli gardens in spring and summer is truly impressive! I highly recommend a visit there. Here’s why:

Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens

It’s so pleasant when the East meets West in festivals like this. The appreciation of the Japanese culture and traditions is overwhelming, and I wonder if the Danish community in Japan do the same effort to introduce their culture there. 😛 Anyway, this is all for now. Gotta get back to work. My schedule is different today, but yeah, I’m flexible like that! Cheers! ❤

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Tivoli Gardens
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