Cherry Blossom Viewing Party, "Hanami" at the Official Residence


On May 4th, in order to take a full advantage of the cherry blossoms in bloom, Ambassador and Mrs. Monji held a ‘Hanami,’ a cherry blossom viewing party, at the official residence. The party was attended by 35 distinguished guests, including heads of diplomatic missions, their spouses and senior officials from Global Affairs Canada.

‘Hanami’ involves flower viewing, picnicking, and drinking sake with family, friends and co-workers beneath flowering cherry trees and remains a popular springtime event. This practice has been in existence since ancient times in Japan. There are seven Ōyamazakura (north Japanese hill cherry) trees at the official residence. It is said that they are the only Japanese cherry trees that can be found in Ottawa.

Guests eagerly admired the trees while indulging in sake and sushi prepared by the Ambassador’s Chef. The trees reached peak bloom later in the week and are pictured below as well.