One of the most beautiful festivals in the world is about to come into full bloom. Every year in April, the streets of Tokyo are filled with the beauty of the cherry blossoms and the hectic cosmopolis celebrates the arrival of spring.
More than offering post card perfect pictures in a city not usually renowned for its natural landscapes (this is one of the most densely populated cities in the world and the largest metropolitan area) the cherry blossom festival is a beautiful reminder of the ephemeral nature of life and why we must all make the most of it.
The flowers for all their beauty only live for about two weeks. During that time, the best viewing spots in Japan are flooded with locals and tourists alike wanting to participate in the century old tradition of hanami which literally means “watching blossoms”.
During April, the hotel’s lobby will be fitted with 3 metre high cherry blossom trees specifically grown for the Peninsula by a nursery in the Gunma Prefecture. The hotel’s floral specialists from You Ka En spend the whole night perfecting the setup and making sure that everything is made right for guests to enjoy Tokyo’s first “viewing party” of the season.
The traditional tunes of a Koto player will envelop the lobby by day to create an enclave of serenity from the busy streets of the city and in the nighttime, the cherry trees will be bathed in soft lighting so that guests can enjoy evening viewing parties (yozakura).
The Peninsula brings its signature touch to the Cherry Blossom festival by offering an exquisite seasonal themed afternoon tea, made extra special by a delicious cherry blossom pound cake and sakura liqueur flavored scones made with plump cherries.
The Japanese tradition of hanami involves picnics and drinking with family and friends at popular viewing sites and if the Peninsula’s guests want to indulge in this tradition outside the hotel, the Peninsula Boutique and Cafe will be offering a special bento box for two with a menu designed for the occasion, complete with private label champagne, sake and plump wine for guests to take along with them.