Nelson’s Eugenie Calder with Richmond’s Imogen Berry-Kilgour, of the Nelson Seido Karate Dojo, at the Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival on Sunday at Miyazu Gardens. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Blossoms at their peak for festival


There’s nothing like a flowering Cherry tree to signal the spring season and there were plenty of beautiful blossoms to admire at Sunday’s Nelson Cherry Blossom Festival.

The annual event is held at Miyazu Gardens and is always a crowd favourite. This year organisers estimate at least 2000 people turned out to celebrate the blossoms, Nelson’s relationship with Japanese sister city Miyazu and, of course, the Japanese residents who call Nelson home.

“We were extremely happy, we timed it a little bit better this year, we delayed the festival by a week and we were very fortunate, I think we got the blossoms right at their peak,” says Nelson Miyazu Sister City Association chair, Lyndal McMeeking.

As well as a variety of food and activities, performances on the day included a puppet show, displays by Nelson Seido Karate, Sho Sheng Kendo and Koru Sakura Theatre Group, calligraphy by Akiko Crowther and a Koto performance by two Koto players from Christchurch.