Cherry Blossom, Celebrating spring in the Japanese tradition - 25/03/2021

The arrival of spring is celebrated in Japan by the Hanami tradition, the contemplation of sakura, cherry blossom trees symbolising the ephemeral side of life, wishes and offerings to the deities. From 25 March to 10 April, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and The Highlife Monaco Foundation invited visitors to travel and discover this tradition with Cherry Blossom, a charity event held in the Patio of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

The opening ceremony took place on 25 March in the Patio of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mrs Mayu Wittouck, founder of The High Life Monaco, Mr Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Mr Jean-Luc Biamonti, CEO of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer.

In a setting inspired by a Japanese garden, and traditional music by Koto Duo, the guests were introduced to the Japanese tradition of making wishes, addressed to the divinities, in order to obtain their benevolence, through the intermediary of an Ema (small wooden plate). Once the wishes were calligraphed, they were hung on the traditional wish portal placed in the patio, while the Omikuji, small papers that predict the future, delivered their first predictions.

Cherry Blossom, an event for a great cause, the preservation of the ocean

The funds raised during Cherry Blossom will benefit the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation for its action in favour of the Ocean, particularly through "Beyond Plastic Med", an initiative launched in 2015 for a plastic-free Mediterranean Sea.