Introduction

Sakura – Cherry Trees in High ParkHow this Japanese tradition came to High Park

Sakura – Cherry Trees in High Park How this Japanese tradition came to High Park

High Park’s cherry trees will not be accessible for viewing in person this year due to COVID-19.  Learn more about virtual blossom viewing.

The ritual of Sakura (cherry blossom) Hanami (flower viewing) comes to us from Japan where it has been a tradition for over a thousand years. In 1959 Tokyo presented Toronto with 2000 cherry trees, 100 of which were planted in High Park. This first gift was followed by two more gifts and subsequent plantings.

Learn more about Sakura Hanami and the history of the cherry tree donations in High Park.

Cherry Sunrise. Photo: Janice Wilcox

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