Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival & Splendid Firework 2022
To celebrate the strong ties between Hamburg and Japan, the Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually in May. As a city that has thrived on international trade, the ties between Hamburg and economic powerhouse Japan are strong. As a result, Osaka, Japan’s third-largest metropolis, is one of Hamburg’s 9 sister cities. Today, Hamburg is home to approx. 2,000 Japanese people as well as more than Protected content from the “land of the rising sun”. Twenty-five of them even have their European headquarters in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.
In order to celebrate this long-standing relationship, the Japanese community in the city has been hosting the annual “Kirschblütenfest” (lit.: Cherry Blossom Festival) since Protected content . Every year in May, a colourful mix of fireworks, music, sports, film, art and culinary delights strengthens the ties between the two countries even further. And these ties have literally been very fruitful: Along with the first celebrations in the Protected content came a total of 5,000 cherry trees, donated to the city of Hamburg by the Japanese community. They were planted all along the Alster lakes and in the Altonaer Balkon park and have ever since contributed to the beauty of this city.
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