That’s right. Vancouver. Home of the 2010 Olympic Games, and home to thousands of beautiful ornamental Japanese cherry trees. Vancouver is also home of the 2010 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, which includes a photo contest, haiku contest, cycling tour, and more. A close friend back home sent me the link, knowing that living in Japan, cherry blossoms are a big part of life, so I checked it out, and was happily surprised to see how big an event it truly is in Vancouver. The site is http://vcbf.ca/ (English site only) and has lots of pictures and haiku submission from previous years.
I mentioned this site to Chiharu, and she was particularly interested in the haiku contest. Anyone can submit haiku’s, in English, and they are categorized by age and location. All entries are posted on the website, for everyone to enjoy. Special prizes are given to winners, runners-up and honorable mentions. But Chiharu was confused. Haiku in English? What’s that all about she asked. Actually, I explained, all kids in BC study and must write haiku as part of their English curriculum in both elementary and high school. Haiku is considered a very important form of poetry, and one that Canadians really love.
Furthermore, the 2010 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has an event called “Bike The Blossoms“, which seems to be an annual group ride along a predetermined route. As a cycling enthusiast, I am envious, wishing we had such an event here in Japan. Oh well! Maybe next year…. if you want to know more about my cycling in japan adventures, click HERE.
So if you love cherry blossoms, haiku and cycling as much as I do, check out the site and submit a photo or an English haiku! Wishing you all a beautiful cherry blossom season! For more pictures and videos of Cherry Blossoms in Japan, Click HERE (English) or HERE (Japanese & English).
Edward, SSE Ohtsu Owner/ Teacher