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April 1, 2021 Visit Europe No Comments Email Email

From 25 March to 10 April, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and The Highlife Monaco foundation invite us on a journey to discover the famous Japanese tradition of hanami, with Cherry Blossom, a charity event proposed in the Patio of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, supporting the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Cherry Blossom was opened on 25 March in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco, Mayu Wittouck, founder of The High Life Monaco, Olivier Wenden, Vice-President and Chief Executive of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Jean-Luc Biamonti, Deputy Chairman of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. This invitation to travel is proposed to the public until 10 April. The meeting place is the Patio of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, which has been transformed into a Japanese garden, with creative and cultural workshops based on Japanese traditions, the opportunity to taste Japanese gastronomy, make a wish with Ema, or have your fortune told with Omikuji.

Cherry Blossom was inaugurated on 25 March in the patio of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

The opening ceremony took place on 25 March in the Patio of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II, in a décor inspired by a Japanese garden, to the music of Duo Koto. Guests were initiated in the Japanese tradition of making wishes, addressed to the spirits to receive their blessing, by way of an Ema (little wooden plaque). Once written in calligraphy, the wishes were hung on the traditional wish shrine placed in the patio (in Japan, this would be at the entrance to the temples). The Omikuji (little fortune papers) delivered their first predictions.

Ema and Omikuji are available to the public until 10 April. Profits from their sale will be donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. When Cherry Blossom closes, the Ema will be blessed by a Kannushi (priest) in a traditional Japanese ceremony, in the courtyard of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

Cherry Blossom, a journey to the heart of Japanese traditions
Cherry Blossom is an invitation to travel, initiated by Mayu Wittouck, founder of The High Life Monaco, proposed for 15 days through creative workshops to learn the art of origami, ikebana and calligraphy. Children can discover the art of Japanese storytelling with Kamishibai workshops. Let’s not forget gastronomy, with culinary workshops by Chef Philippe Joannès and his teams, on the theme of Japan, the presence of a sushi master, and delicious sweet treats to take away from the Monte-Carlo Catering boutique.

Cherry Blossom, an event for a great cause: protecting the ocean
The funds collected within the framework of Cherry Blossom will be donated to the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, for its action in support of the ocean, in particular through “Beyond Plastic Med”, an initiative launched in 2015 for a plastic-free Mediterranean Sea. To raise their awareness of this great cause, children are invited to take part in fun events in the greenhouse of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Stress-free event with Monte-Carlo Cares
For a stress-free Chery Blossom, Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer has rolled out the Monte-Carlo Cares programme for the safety of its clients and employees. Certified by Bureau Veritas, this health plan ensures that Europe’s most exclusive destination is also the safest.

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