Hanami in Berlin. The Japanese Cherries at the former death strips.

Due to the Tropical Christmas that was in contrast to former year’s Siberian Winter, the cherry trees are already fully blossoming.
For this years’ Hanami celebration, one can either go to the ‘Garten der Welt’ at the 13th of April, or visit the former death strip between Berlin-Lichterfelde and Teltow on Sunday the 27th of April.

Histories from the capital of the 20th century

TV-Asahi-Kirschblütenallee, former death strip at the border of Berlin-Lichtenrade (April 26th 2013). No © needed. Photo by Joep de Visser.

Lees hier de Nederlandse versie van deze update op de site van Jonge Historici Schrijven Geschiedenis.

I am not going to lie about it. This update is about an open-air celebration of a traditional event which probably isn’t there to celebrate yet. This might seem a bit absurd, although nothing is wrong with a Sunday picnic anyway – regardless what the tradition instruction you. Upcoming Sunday, April 28th, the 12th hanami or Kirschblütenfest (cherry blossom celebration) is announced at the former Totestreife (death strip) in Teltow – a former GDR district at the southern border of Berlin-Lichterfelde. About 50 market stands will provide in Japanese products and food during the event. A couple of honourable guests from Japan are invited. What is this tradition all about? What is the history of this event? And what does the tree mean to Berlin nowadays?

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