Dappled sunlight

Poem by Ann Harreby


Get your picnic basket ready! The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to be presenting a new activity this year: a picnic under the cherry blossoms.   O-Hanami (which means “flower-viewing” in Japanese) has been a tradition in Japan for centuries. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to have a picnic under cherry blossoms.  Time and location of Cherry Blossom Picnics will be posted on the VCBF website.

dappled sunlight,

serving cherry blossom tea

to her dollies

— Ann Harreby (Coquitlam, British Columbia)

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational 2013,  Sakura Awards

Haiku Photos World Umbrella Dance

Urban Tea Merchant

Urban Tea Merchant window display March 2013

Since there are no blossoms yet at the Burrard skytrain station, you can do your cherry blossom viewing at this beautiful window display at Urban Tea Merchant (1070 West Georgia Street), just a block behind the Burrard station.



Urban Tea Merchant always have nice store displays but this one really won me over with its origami cherry blossoms.

And, since you’re there, you might as well go in!  Here are some things you can do at Urban Tea Merchant:



1) You can buy (or pick up) your pop-art umbrella to participate in the World Umbrella Dance.  (If you paid online, bring your paypal receipt).



2) you can buy or sample cherry blossom tea. White Spring is a white tea with a hint of a cherry blossoms, but my favorite is called Sakura! Sakura! It’s a green tea with cherry blossoms in it. It’s sweet and delicious.


Urban Tea Merchant postcard Sakura Sakura

3) pick up one of their beautiful color postcards featuring their Sakura! Sakura! tea.

On the back of the postcard, there’s a space where you can practice writing your haiku for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational:

Urban Tea Merchant postcard Sakura Sakura

Submit your haiku to the VCBF Haiku invitational before June 3rd.

World Umbrella Dance

Sakura! Sakura! tea

I went to pick up my beautiful Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival umbrella.

It’s really great that we can pick up our umbrella early this year!  You can bring your paypal receipt at any of these three locations to receive your umbrella: Urban Tea Merchant, VanDusen Garden shop or at rehearsal.

This gave me a good excuse to go back to Urban Tea Merchant (1070 West Georgia Street).

Urban Tea Merchant offers luxury teas and tea gifts from the finest harvests around the world.  And if, like me, you like cherry blossoms so much that you are ready to eat and drink them, then you can buy Sakura! Sakura! tea, a fragrant tea made with cherry blossoms. If you like sweet tea, this will quickly become one of your favorites. Another great way to enjoy cherry blossom season!

Sakura Sakura tea with cherry petals
Sakura! Sakura! tea at Urban Tea Merchant.