Cherry Blossoms in Bloom @ Mississauga’s Kariya Park

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Kariya Park will soon be dazzled by 65 beautiful cherry blossom trees and they’re officially in bloom! Nestled in the heart of Mississauga’s downtown, this serene Japanese-style park honours the City’s twin-city relationship with Kariya, Japan.

ry blossoms bloom for a very short time until their petals start to fall. Add Kariya Park to your bucket list this spring if you haven’t visited it yet! We’ve put together an official checklist of things to look out for when you visit.

  • Inside the gatehouse entrance, keep an eye out for the stone tsukabai basin – which was hand-carved by Fumio Naito, a sculptor from Kariya, Japan
  • Revel in nature’s beauty of rhododendrons, pines, gingko and sweetgum trees
  • Checkout the zig zag boardwalk, which crosses a marsh containing Japanese irises and other water-loving plants
  • Don’t miss the cascade waterfall with overhanging red Japanese maple
  • Take in the view of the dry stream bed, representing a flowing stream with different sizes of stones, carefully placed to imitate fast and slow-moving currents
  • Relax by the duck pond
  • Note the turtle rock in the pond, which represents a turtle climbing out of the water
  • As you stand on the bridge looking ahead at the large pond, you will see a group of rocks along the shoreline that represent a mother duck and her ducklings
  • Located in the pavilion, don’t miss the Friendship Bell, which is rung on ceremonial occasions
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Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season

Discover the Best Sakura Themed Experiences on your Journey from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto

Cherry blossoms, known in Japan as Sakura, are usually in full bloom for only one week. After blossoming in full, the most beautiful and final stage is celebrated by locals and tourists alike, as the small petals flutter gracefully from their trees onto the ground. The Japanese cherish the cherry blossoms during this special period and celebrate this notable event. Discover the best places to witness the change in these beautiful trees and immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience through an 8-stop journey across our luxurious hotels from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto.

Stop #1 – Culinary Delights at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Make The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo your first stop this Sakura season and enjoy some carefully crafted specialties at a themed Sakura Afternoon Tea. To mark these celebrations, the culinary team has prepared special Sakura Kaiseki bento boxes and hampers, as well as a Sakura frozen soufflé that will have you dancing under the trees. Additionally, you can trust the Concierge to recommend the nicest spots to spot and see the cherry blossoms on the way to your next stop.

Stop #2 – Palatial Beauty & Cooling Cocktails in Tokyo
Enjoy the falling petals near the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, which is located on large park-like grounds filled with cherry trees. As you reach your next stop, treat yourself to a “Gallery Flower” cocktail at the Sky Gallery Lounge Levita or The Bar Illumiid at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This delightful  Champagne cocktail features a subtle cherry blossom flavor and is accentuated by a bright red flower. Continue reading “Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season”

Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada

Program marks the planting of 100,000 trees in Alberta and begins next phase of planting in Niagara Ontario

In only 32 months, Delta Hotels by Marriott, in partnership with WEARTH, has to date helped Delta hotel guests to plant more than 100,000 trees in conserved lands across Alberta, Canada through the hotels’ GreenSTAY™ program.

Delta Hotels by Marriott associates and Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada, planting trees during a GreenSTAY™ program planting event.

The GreenSTAY program, launched in February 2015, gives guests the option to plant one tree for each night they have opted out of housekeeping.  WEARTH plants the actual trees on behalf of every applicable GreenSTAY guest night, and guests, who can also plant a matching virtual tree online, must stay at least two nights to participate in the program.  By opting out of the housekeeping services, guests reduce the amount of chemicals, water and energy being used in the hotel daily. The indirect benefit is the simultaneous restoration of Canadian forests and land to their natural ecological state.

“Most of our hotel sustainability endeavors are focused on efforts to conserve within our hotels. The Delta Hotels GreenSTAY program provides the opportunity for guests to join us to help conserve natural resources in Canada’s forest lands, thus reaching beyond our hotels’ doors,” says Marriott Hotels of Canada President, Don Cleary. Continue reading “Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada”