Monday, May 8, 2017

Cherry Blossoms

I've always loved how tea can transport us to far-off lands.

Cherry Blossom Organic Green Tea by Lemon Lily
"One sip and you'll be whisked away to Kyoto for the Cherry Blossom festival." 
(From: Lemon Lily)

I sipped the tea from the "Kimono" teacup that Lyn sent me at the 2016 spring teacup exchange.  I'm not usually a fan of floral teas, but I enjoyed this pleasant tea with a hint of cherry flavour.

Since I couldn't physically travel to Japan to enjoy their cherry blossoms, I went to the next best thing: Centennial Park in the Valley.

Taken in April 2017
In 2014, thirty-seven cherry trees were planted at Centennial Park in honour of Hamilton's missionary, Martha Cartnell, who overcame barriers to female education in 19th century Japan and founded Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin--the first school for girls in Japan.

Taken April 2017
The Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin School's generous gift of cherry trees symbolize the students and alumni's gratitude to Martha Cartnell for her legacy's incredible impact on generations of girls and women in Japan.

"Expressing Our Adoration and Appreciation With These Cherry Trees" 
(Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin - 130th Anniversary Year in 2014)

I'm joining the following parties this week:


  1. Yes, tea can transport us and so can I pretty teacup. I'm not into floral teas, either, Margie, but a hint of cherry sounds delicious. The cherry blossom trees are so beautiful, and I'll bet you enjoyed your walk through Centennial Park to view them.

  2. I absolutely agree with you "tea can transport us...." I like green tea with a hint of floral or fruit...but prefer black tea. The cherry blossom trees are so beautiful it also transport us to Japan. Have a look week, Margie :)

  3. Those cherry trees are so beautiful and will only grow more so in the years to come. Tea is a wonderful way to take a journey away from real life.

  4. It certainly is the beautiful time of year for cherry blossoms...your park is wonderful? I am not much of a floral tea fan either, but that sounds interesting. Love your kimono teacup! Have a lovely week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea

  5. What a beautiful sight that must be, particularly since it has such significance being dedicated to someone with such passion. We have a grove of crab apple and apple trees in the forest preserve near us and every year I love walking through there around this time! Of course, on a windy day, it's like being snowed on with blossoms!!

  6. Oh, so very true, Margie. And wow, what a stunning park!

    I, too, am not much of a floral tea lover, but your little bit of cherry sounds delicious. Hugs to you!

  7. Armchair transporting is a wonderful way to travel. Just imagine those cherry trees when they mature, how beautiful they'll be.

  8. Very interesting and beautiful post.Have a nice week!

  9. Oh my, what a lovely sight! It must be a delight to walk around there and seeing all those blossoms. Isn't it funny how many of us don't care much for floral teas? Neither do I. You live in a beautiful place, Margie, where you have so many wonderful places to visit and experience. Thanks for sharing another with us.

  10. Oh what a lovely cup and saucer, delicious tea and beautiful trees. Thanks for sharing Margie!

  11. Margie, what a story behind those beautiful trees! I love being transported by tea and its accompaniments and accoutrements!

  12. Beautiful photos Margie and I enjoyed the history lesson. Enjoy your weekend!


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