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21 May 2016

Hanami - the first Spring Time Party in the Garden

After the long, dark and freezing winter it always seems like a little miracle that
so much life comes out when the sun starts shining and the weather gets warmer.
In Finland this is the time when the garden blooms in white: apple trees, plum 
trees - and cherries. It is also the time when evenings are so warm that it is
a pleasure to sit outside and get together to celebrate the spring!

Although it´s not a Finnish tradition we decided to celebrate Hanami in the garden.
Chairs, table and a soft carpet to the pergola, sushi, bubbling wine - and of
course - good friends. That´s all you need for a perfect Hanami.

The wooden tray is a product of Iittala. It´s shape is the same than the shape of
the Savoy vase designed by Alvar Aalto. Usually Finnish (and Japanese) people 
prefare more rectangular design, but this organic design has got plenty of fans in 
Finland and all over the world. You can find that vase in many, many Finnish homes.

The cherries are still to wait, but in the garden you find the sour, magnificent
plant - rhubarb. With plenty of brown sugar you can make a wonderful cake with it.
And vanilla sauce all over... Irresistible! And yet to come - apple blossoms!

Enjoy the spring time! If you have no cherry trees in your garden,
celebrate apple trees. They are at least as beautiful.

"Hanami (花見?, lit. "flower viewing") is the Japanese traditional custom of enjoying the transient beauty of flowers. The blossom forecast (桜前線 sakura-zensen) is announced each year by the weather bureau, and is watched carefully by those planning hanami as the blossoms only last a week or two."  -Wikipedia- 

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