In Pictures: Japanese flower festival celebrated in Dublin park

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.

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