Small Japan in the midst of Amsterdam

We all know just how beautiful spring in the Netherlands is. The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming in every corner and the temperature is just perfect. Yes, spring is finally at doorstep for the hibernating Dutch. It is at that time of the year when people flock to parks like birds flying south, lay back and enjoy that bit of sunshine to the best they can, because for sure no one knows how to appreciate sunlight like the Dutch.

Posted by Linh Nguyen at Apr 26, 2018 01:50 PM

I bet each and every one of you has heard of Keukenhof, you know, the biggest flower garden in the world that is situated near Amsterdam? It is truly very beautiful, but maybe not many of you know of Kersenbloesempark (or in English: Cherry Blossoms Park). It is definitely a must-go especially if you’re thrilled for a romantic scenery like in Japanese movies.

I learnt about this place last year a month too late to visit the flowers. The period between cherry blossoms bloom and fall are relatively short, so you have to be quick on your feet. This year, I finally have a chance to make up for it and it was way better than my expectations. Flowers were on full bloom and little pink petals were flying everywhere.

ParkThe park was packed with people

Disclaimer: Even though my trip to Kersenbloemsempark was planned, this blog was not. I spontaneously decided to write it right after I realized how stunning the cherry blossoms were, that is why most pictures are from the photoshoot of me in the garden but not the garden itself.

A brief history lesson

The 400 sakura trees were a gift from Japan’s Women’s Club (JWC), representing 400 years of cultural ties between Japan and the Netherlands. In Japanese culture, sakura are the embodiment of beauty and mortality can be traced back centuries. The powerful, glorious yet tragically short-lived blooming season of cherry blossoms is a metaphor for the brilliance yet fragility and transience of life. However, it is also believed to be a symbol of rebirth, as it always signals the beginning of spring, a time of renewal and optimism.

When and how to get here?

Getting here is simple, I just followed directions on Google Maps and also the crowd of people heading that direction, especially those with picnic baskets, sunnies and cameras with them. The park was quite packed on a Saturday, so you might want to consider going in weekdays if you want to have the sight to yourself.

As I mentioned earlier, it is extremely important that your timing is right if you plan on visiting the park next year (the cherry blossoms are all gone for this year, sorry about that). I happened to be there at the last weekend that it is blooming, because a week after, my cousin sent me a picture of Kersenbloesempark that looks exactly like any other park, because the flowers are all gone!

LinhThat’s me, with the sakura tree!

It is best to visit it before mid April, however each year is different, so keep an eye for the weather that year. Or in my case, I went to Facebook and searched for #kersenbloesempark. If the timing is right, your search results should be full of cherry blossoms photos from previous visitors.

And last but not least, what do you do when you get there?

It’s all a matter of preference, but I guess the most common thing is to have a small picnic with your family and friends under the blossoming sakura trees. Remember to bring your camera, and lots of food, because the view is absolutely breath-taking and you will feel like staying there all day.

So that’s pretty much it! I hope this blog comes in handy for anyone looking forward to visiting the park next year.

Posted by Linh Nguyen at Apr 26, 2018 01:50 PM