Hanami in Amstelveen
Back in 2000, the Japanese community in Amstelveen celebrated 400 years of ties between the Dutch and Japanese by donating 400 sakura cherry trees. These were planted in the forest next to Amstelveen, the Amsterdamse bos. Now, 15 years later, the trees have grown beautifully and are blossoming nicely in April.
Last April, I had the immense pleasure of visiting the Cherry Blossom Park (Kersenbloesempark) in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, when all the trees were in full bloom. The weather was amazing, as was the atmosphere: loads of people enjoying the serenity that picnicking below the cherry blossom brings. No wonder the Japanese practice hanami (花見, flower viewing) every year.
Of course, I didn't just bring a nice lunch: I brought my camera, and took a bunch of pictures! Using Adobe Photoshop I stitched them together into neat 180° panorama photos. Please find them below, and let me know what you think!
If you'd like to use one of these photos: as always, I'm releasing them under the CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.