We live in Amstelveen, a municipality adjacent to Amsterdam and home to the largest Japanese community in the Netherlands.
At walking distance from the city centre but somewhat hidden lies the Bloesempark (‘blossom park’). The park’s 400 cherry trees were gifted to the city by the members of the Japanese Women’s Club. Funny detail; all trees have names, female that is, 200 Japanese, 200 Dutch.
Every year in spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrated here. Japanese and other citizens gather beneath the blossoming cherry trees to celebrate hanami, ‘flower viewing’.
Easily overlooked, the Bloesempark is a real gem. If you ask me, it’s by far the most beautiful spot in Amstelveen. If you happen to visit Amsterdam in April, definitely worth a tour!