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In Pictures: Japanese flower festival celebrated in Dublin park

Phoenix Park played host to an afternoon even to celebrate the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers to mark the start of spring.

(Brian Lawless/PA)
(Brian Lawless/PA)

The Japanese community in Ireland has held a day of celebration in Dublin to help promote cultural understanding.

Dance groups, drumming bands and traditional demonstrations were part of the entertainment in the grounds of Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park to mark the Hanami festival day.

Hanami is the traditional Japanese custom of viewing flowers, especially cherry blossom, to mark the arrival of spring.

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Members of the Odorikko dance group enjoy a walk in the grounds (Brian Lawless/PA)
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Aoife Tsujino Ferns and her brother Aedan, three, walk among the daffodils in the park (Brian Lawless/PA)
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Soran Bushi performers were part of the afternoon’s entertainment (Brian Lawless/PA)
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People take their seats for a poetry reading under blossom trees (Brian Lawless/PA)
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Many people in the crowd wore Japanese national dress (Brian Lawless/PA)
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A member of the Odorikko dance group records a performance on her phone (Brian Lawless/PA)
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People were encouraged to draw and leave messages on a wall (Brian Lawless/PA)

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