Brussels Giant ‘Flower Carpet’ Has Japanese Theme

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Photo by Francois Lenoir / Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of begonias and dahlias will emblazon the Grand Place in Brussels this weekend for its 20th “Flower Carpet” display, which this year has a Japanese theme.

h/t: swissinfo

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Photo by Francois Lenoir / Reuters

A Japanese crane, a bird that symbolizes good fortune and longevity in Asian culture, flies across a wild landscape and Koi carp seem to swim among the blossoms delicately laid out on the picturesque 15th-century square.

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Photo by Francois Lenoir / Reuters

“The patterns and symbols of the flower carpet express happiness and peace,” said Fujie Suzuki, one of the lead designers.

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Photo by Francois Lenoir / Reuters

Some 600,000 flowers have been assembled in the 75 metre-long and 24 metre-wide display. Around 100 workers and volunteers contributed to creating the flower carpet, a biennial event. Some picked blooms from fields in the north of Belgium as fast as 600 an hour each.

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