The new city tradition in Copenhagen began when the Danish Honorary Consul of Hiroshima gifted Copenhagen 200 flowering cherry trees to memorialize the bicentennial anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen in 2005, the famous Danish storyteller. The cherry blossom festival is a two-day celebration that takes place in Langelinie Park, where the first 200 cherry trees were planted, and simultaneously, the home of the city’s well-known Little Mermaid statue can be found. However, the Langelinie Park is not only limited to these. The place has a lot more to offer. In 2 days’ time, plenty of interesting activities related to the festival happen here. Aside from the traditional martial arts presentation and tea ceremonies, several Japanese crafts are also taught in workshops for free daily. You can learn anything between origami and calligraphy.

Other events during the festival include:
• Hanami
• Karaoke
• Mochitsuki demonstration
• Mochi serving
• Kimono show
• Kamishibai
• Shodo
• Kitsuke
• Ikebana
• Sumo wrestling
• Sakura dance
• Karate
• Judo
• Kendama
• Ninjutsu
• Wadaiko
• Bonodori
• Ryukyu dance
• Soranbushi
• Kendo

WHEN TO GO: April 25-26, 2015

MUST-SEE: The flea market, or also known as the nomi no ichi, where you can get wire sculptures, handicrafts, specialty candy, manga-style comic books, etc.

WHERE TO STAY: Hotel Alexandra is located two blocks from Tivoli Gardens. You can stay comfortably in a chic retro Danish atmosphere. Hotel Alexandra is made cozy and elegant by the homey personal details installed in every room. The rate for doubles starts at $102 USD.

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