Happy Easter 2020

Happy Easter to family, friends, and readers.

I absolutely must share these wonderful pictures of blooming cherry Blossom trees, from one of the many parks in Wonderful Copenhagen. A friend took these magical pictures, so I took the liberty to share her magnificent beauties. Thanks.

In my first book, I mention these gardens as well of the stunning time every spring of these blooming Japanese trees.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK:

In Copenhagen, when excursion buses unload Japanese tourists at Langelinie Pier, a long park and promenade in central Copenhagen, they are so humble and friendly as they greet you. The Little Mermaid statue has her home here, and in the park, there are at least two hundred cherry blossom trees (sakura, in Japanese). Despite its short lifetime, it depicts the patience of life and represents the brief life—a major theme of Buddhism. Like this, it then becomes associated with religion and is adopted by the aristocratic feudal Japanese warriors. It came to represent how the life of a warrior is and a symbol that a light breeze can cause flowers to fall off the crown of the tree—like a warrior also can easily fall in war, making them realize that although life is beautiful, it is also brief. In King’s Garden, in the heart of Copenhagen, many huge cherry blossom trees, adorned with their pink flowers, have been planted.

There are fifty different species of the tree at Assistens Cemetery, an important green space for the citizens and a burial site of many Danish notables. Many leading figures of the era of the nineteenth century lay to rest here, such as fairy-tale teller Hans Christian Andersen and history/philosophy writer Soren Kierkegaard, are buried here, both characters I have used in my book. The Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr and som American jazz musicians, such as Kenny Drew and Ben Webster, have been lain to rest in this amazing area.

One of our main attractions is Bispebjerg Cemetery, with a stunning avenue of Japanese pink trees forming a long, pink tunnel. It’s the most popular place in the vast area and more like a park than a cemetery. People walk there every year in the blossom season, a picturesque tradition that originally comes from Japan. Guests make it a day trip, looking at the pink trees and having their picnic under the stunning, massive trees. The tradition has its own name Hanami, and you can enjoy it every spring, around mid-April until the beginning of May. So, there is also something great about Denmark, but to experience such a view in Japan, when I’m that close to this country, has always been my biggest dream.

 

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