Under the cherry tree

In true Japanese tradition, the seasons as well as festivals and special holidays are very important. The cherry tree (sakura) blooms in March or April and is an icon in Japanese culture; the trees have always been a symbol of the beauty of Japan. The breathtaking but brief beauty of the blossoms symbolizes the transient nature of life. Illustrations of cherry blossom are used in fabrics for kimonos, tableware, Japanese floral art (called ikebana) and art.

Resemblance to human live
The wealthy blossom of the sakura resembles the prime of human live; both are subject to influences which we can’t control. The duration of the heydays is determined by sun, rain and wind. Therefore it’s important to enjoy the prime of life to the fullest and to be aware that it is just temporary.

Hints of cherry blossom
The Japanese background is reflected in all kinds of details in the hotel. Hints of cherry blossom are interwoven in the seasonal menus of Yamazato and Sazanka. The waitresses wear kimonos inspired by sakura and in the bars special sakura-cocktails are being served. According to Japanese traditions spring starts when the sakura blooms. The several sakura trees in the Japanese garden of Yamazato and on the terrace of Serre Restaurant will bloom sumptuous. In addition to the seasonal changes, permanent references are made with the ‘Sakura’-meeting room and a special Japanese Hanakasumi treatment in Nagomi Spa featuring products with cherry blossom and lotus.

Start of spring
Between the end of March and early May, the Sakura trees blossom for a week or two. In Japan, during this period the Hanami occurs. Hanami is the tradition of enjoying the beauty of flowers. This is a period of outdoor feasts and picnics beneath the sakura trees. Friends, family and colleagues visit the parks to eat, drink sake, play and listen to music. If you want to experience this tradition on the terrace of Serre Restaurant, keep track of our Facebook page to see when the first blossoms will announce the start of spring!