Sunday, April 9, 2017

IN FULL BLOOM

It was the perfect weekend to get out about. I planned to lounge all weekend, but once I see the sun, I just can't stay put. I love the outdoors, so I and my friend decided to head into Philly to see the cherry blossoms and some of the Sakura Festival taking place. It was quite interesting, a gay man ,and a straight man, going to this event, but my neighbor is way cool to do things with, so I knew being a tree trimmer/ tree expert he may enjoy the event. 

Whether it’s admiring the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, participating in origami-making  or enjoying martial arts performances, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Philadelphia is the time to celebrate all things Japanese while enjoying the delights of spring. The centuries-old tradition of Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, takes place throughout Philadelphia with events that include ceremonial drumming, a traditional tea ceremony, dancing, live music, a fashion show and more. The best part is  admission to most events are free. “Sakura Sunday” concludes the festival today, a day-long celebration of Japanese culture and cherry blossoms held in West Fairmount Park.  And boy was it gorgeous.

 The Festival continues a legacy established in 1926 when the Japanese government donated cherry trees to Philadelphia in honor of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence. While there yesterday we saw a plethora of Japanese eats that's were served up, including curry bowls, takoyaki and gourmet chocolates, so be sure to show up hungry. It was interesting to read the history that Cherry blossoms have, deep significance in Japanese culture and are a traditional motif in art, literature and cuisine. As Japan’s national flower it is sometimes offered as a symbol of friendship to other nations. In traditional Japan, the time of ohanami, or viewing of the ephemeral cherry blossoms, was said to remind one of the fleeting yet enduring nature of life. I have some white ones currently at the Casa my good friend the Dame gave me. They really make spring.

 We later toured the  Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
All the yaers I lived here I have never been to it. Shofuso is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden now located in Philadelphia's West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Shofuso was built in 1953 as a gift from Japan to American citizens, to symbolize post-war peace and friendship between the two countries.The building was constructed using traditional Japanese techniques and materials imported from Japan, and was originally exhibited in the courtyard of Museum of Modern Art in New York. After two years, it was relocated to Philadelphia. And I think we got a great treasure there. Had I known how accurate the place was, I may have donned my best Madame Butterfly ensemble for the day.
The koi pond was pretty cool and I was there 3/4 hour watching them.
They seemed very frisky, I have never seen them so active before. Do they usually jump like this???
Far as I know, no one was throwing in feed. I thought one was going to flop out of the pond for a minute.

The Cheery blossoms were very beautiful all day...and alas, will be done putting on their show soon before my other favorite blooms...the Magnolia. We walked around Old City some before going to dinner.
 The day ended at Rouge in Rittenhouse Square for a light bite , cock-a-tails and coffee.
It was a nice relaxing day. We certainly have a lot of treasures to be proud of here.

38 comments:

  1. Cherries and magnolias are the true joys of Spring - and as you say, so ephemeral... Most of the blossoms around our area are falling as snow as we speak. Jx

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    1. Reminds me of confetti when they fall. It would be lovely ambiance for a cock a tail party.

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  2. I bet you have a pretty kimono hiding in your casa!

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    1. you should see what is under the kimono.

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    2. It sure is no fortune cookie, but it still brings joy!

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  3. I love spring in Philadephia....my favorite time of year here.

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  4. I was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for their Cherry Blossom festivities today. They sure are the essence of spring aren't they? Great pictures

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  5. Wow, how beautiful!! I loving the coy fish. love you so much, I wish I could meet you one day and hang out.

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  6. Mistress, it was quite a breathtaking weekend finally. William and I haven't been to the Cherry Blossom festival, but have been in Fairmount Park to see them before. It is quite a site to be seen. Thanks for sharing your experience. The history at the Shofuso Japanese House and the festival is something Philly has to be proud of. The coy are stunning.

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  7. Great tour! We have lots of agricultural cherries around here. And grapes for wine. :-)

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  8. Stunning pictures as always. wish I were there , maybe I should pack up the other half and go one of these days. So much culture there.

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  9. Looks like each branch of all the trees are covered with blossoms. It's awesome! Mmmmm..... maybe I should skip my work tomorrow and hit a nearby park with a drink in my hand! And maybe a taiyaki!!! We really do have a lot to be proud of here in Phily.

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    1. Yes we do. Something of interest again every corner, I swear.

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  10. Love all the flowers. Love the coy. Love the pictures. You have put me in a cheerful mood.

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  11. Awesome!!!!! You people certainly have a beautiful city!!!!

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  12. Such gorgeous images ... I can almost smell the blooms. Yep, I too need a trip to Philadelphia soon.

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  13. Haha, I can definitely relate. Those flowers are beautfiul!!

    Glad you're enjoying your weekend. Those coy are huge!

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  14. Koi sighting! Koi are wonderful to look at. I still remember this one neighbor in my old 'hood that was Japanese. He not only had a koi pond in front of his house, but he even had a small bridge you walked over to get to the front door.

    Glad to see you had fun. I spent what seemed like too much time cleaning my apartment.

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  15. The Cherry Blossom Festival started this weekend here. The Taiko drums are a large attraction. Oh and this year the Hello Kitty Cafe truck returned. (But I went to the truck last weekend.)

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    1. Hello Kitty!?!? I don't do.....well ....cat.

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    2. But she was on Drag Race.

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  16. That garden looks quite heavenly, Mistress. Your reference to Madame Butterfly made me wonder if there are any geisha-style drag queens. Achieving the dainty look would be quite a challenge!

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    1. I have done a geisha ensemble and wig for several parties , complete with chopsticks and blossoms in the wig.

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  17. Shofuso Garden is breathtaking. I'd love to see it. The Brooklyn Botanic Gardens have a Japenese Garden but, although beautiful, I don't think it's on that scale. I've never been to Philly (maybe because I have family there!), but I'm thinking of sneaking in some time on a trip to the States.

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  18. Beautiful day! I'm only surprised you didn't take home a hot Chinese man to feed you with chopsticks. You know, to totally immerse yourself in the culture!

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  19. Looks like a great day out, in a wonderful city.

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  20. I love when things start to bloom; we had an early bloom here, then turned cold, and so now we're getting a second bloom.

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  21. Stunning pictures! What a beautiful day to get out. All the times I have been to Philly, I never knew of the Japanese House and Gardens. I love their culture. Will have to add it to my list next time there.

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  22. You have already made my Monday more happy! Those coy fish are amazing. Nice to see Independence Hall. I love Old City when I'm in Philly.

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  23. It sounds like a very lovely day. Out west, we have the desert in magnificent bloom. It gets very crowded toward the south end of Death Valley each Spring. It's amazing to see such life and color blanketing what is normally brown scrub.
    Hugs!

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  24. I love cherry blossoms...so gentle and delicate. Cut ones don't last long though in vases. Looks like a beautiful day. DC's this year were pretty swell as well. I worried with the lingering cold

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  25. What a wonderful weekend, I'm jealous. I was cooped up inside working all weekend. The photos are beautiful, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  26. What a swell post, got me in the mood for spring and love.

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