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Turning Japanese: Brussels goes bonkers for begonias

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Turning Japanese: Brussels goes bonkers for begonias



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Hundreds of begonias and dahlias will perfume the Grand Place in Brussels this weekend.

It is the 20th “Flower Carpet” display, a biennial event which this year has a Japanese theme.

This year is marking the 150-year diplomatic friendship between Belgium and Japan.

What are the designs?

Among the designs laid out in the 15th century square are:

  • A Japanese crane
  • A bird symbolising good fortune and longevity
  • Koi carp

    The flowers in numbers

  • 600,000 blooms
  • 75 metres long
  • 24 metres wide
  • 100 workers and volunteers

    In tweets

What they are saying

“The patterns and symbols of the flower carpet express happiness and peace,” – Fujie Suzuki, a lead designer.

“It takes us two years to create and assemble a carpet like this,” – Johan Aelterman‘s family flower-growing business has been involved since the first event in 1971.

“We are from Hiroshima, which is famous for its peace park but is very different. We do not have such colourful flowers there, so I am really surprised,” – Japanese tourist Misa Kitatani.


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