Once, there was a Japanese man who made a café chain named after the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. This was insanely successful and he got pretty rich. He then spent some of his money donating 200 Japanese cherry trees to the city of Copenhagen. These trees were planted in the park near where the famously disappointing Little Mermaid statue sits.
Every year around the time the cherry trees bloom, the park is used for a festival dedicated to Japanese culture. Copenhagen has a separate anime convention, but the Sakura festival in Langelinie Park covers more aspects of Japanese culture, from folk dancing and tea ceremonies to samurai and wrestling and, yes, also anime. To practice my photography skills and get some fresh air, I took my friend Prakash and my new camera to the festival last weekend and spent 4 hours taking pictures of people and things.
Here they are.