In 1980, the then-Prime Minister of Japan, Masayoshi Ohira commemorated his visit to Melbourne with a generous gift of 20 Sakura (Cherry) trees which were planted in Banksia Park, Heidelburg/Bulleen to create what is now known as the Japanese Cherry Tree Grove. It is a wonder to see these trees bloom each year as they require care that is very different of typical Australian flora.
We are now pleased to announce that we have formed a partnership with Parks Victoria and City of Manningham to preserve this important symbol of friendship between Melbourne and Japan. The surrounding area is undergoing urgent maintenance to prepare for this year’s Sakura. Based on last year’s bloom, we anticipate this year’s will arrive early-October. In the future, we hope to have a path laid out around the trees, and benches installed in the grove as well.
To promote this important symbol of the Japanese communities in Melbourne, the Japanese Society of Melbourne, Australia-Japan Society of Victoria, Parks Victoria, Doncare and Manningham City Council have partnered up to host the Sakura Picnic Day, a free family friendly event on Sunday, 9 October. Between 11am – 2pm, Chado Urasenke Tankokai Melbourne Association will hold a tea ceremony demonstration, and there will also be activities for the kids including free origami class.
Bring your bentos, a picnic, and your friends and family!
As parking space is limited, registration is required to join. Please register at http://jcjsm.org.au/js/event.
In the case of rain, the picnic day will be cancelled. We will announce the status of the event on Friday, 7 October. Please confirm on the JSM website (http://jcjsm.org.au/js/event) before the day.
Date: Sunday, 9 October 2016
Park opening hours: 6am – 6pm (6am – 9pm summer only)
Activities: 11am – 2pm
Location: Banksia Park, Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC (free parking)
Access by public transport: Train (Hurstbridge line) to Heidleburg Station, and bus #903 (Mordialloc bound). Disembark at the Bridge St./Manningham Rd. Stop (5 – 10 mins).