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The 20th-Annual Flower Carpet Has Bloomed in Belgium

This past weekend, after two years of preparation, the 20th-annual flower carpet celebrating Belgo-Japanese relations debuted in Belgium’s Grand Place. The display, which will be open to the public for three days, consists of 600,000 begonias, dahlias, grasses and dyed bark aimed at depicting the beauty of nature. Helmed by Japanese designer Fuji Suzuki, the floral carpet spans 1,800 square meters– over 75 m long and 24 m wide.

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In the weeks leading up to the display’s unveiling it took a team of 100 volunteers eight hours to assemble the carpet, which honors “more than 150 years of friendly commercial, diplomatic and social relations between Belgium and Japan”.

The floral carpet will be open today, August 15, from 10 AM to 10 PM. Get in before it closes and don’t miss the panoramic view from the balcony of the Town Hall (last entry is at 9:30 PM, and children under 10 get in free).

For more information about Belgium’s Floral Carpet, visit the installation’s website.

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