Sakura in Surabaya (sorta): Blossoming trumpet trees add Japanese elegance to E. Java’s capital

Photos: @rudy.lewuk (right) / @vita_sherdea (left) / Instagram
Photos: @rudy.lewuk (right) / @vita_sherdea (left) / Instagram

Tourist from across the world flock to Japan for the country’s annual sakura season, when cherry trees lining city streets and rivers become filled with brilliant pink flower blossoms. You won’t find cherry blossoms in Indonesia, but the East Java capital of Surabaya has something pretty, pretty close.

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini is beloved in large part because of her efforts to beautify her city — even before she became the city’s chief executive she was the head of Surabaya’s parks department, which is where she had the idea of planting the trees that are currently going viral online in Indonesia.

“The idea [for these trees] was from Ibu Risma, when she was still the Head of the Sanitation and Green Open Space (DKRTH) Office of the City of Surabaya, not yet the mayor,” Surabaya City Government spokesman Muhammad Fikser told Tribun yesterday.

It was in 2010 when Ibu Risma implemented the program to line the city’s main streets with golden trumpet trees (Handroanthus chrysotrichus), a tropical species originally from Brazil that is known for its heartiness and for its bright yellow or pink blossoms.


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[SURABAYA BERBUNGA] . Sakura mekar lagi di jalanan protokol Surabaya . Bunga ini jenis Tabebuya Chrysotrica (Sakura Khas Brazil) ini bisa tumbuh di iklim tropis, hanya mekar di musim kemarau. Dalam setahun bisa 2 kali mekar dengan ciri khas bunga lebat berdaun sedikit, durasi mekar 7-8 hari saja lalu berguguran keren. Biasanya mekar di bulan September, Oktober, November. Ada Tabebuya Kuning, Putih dan Pink . Jalanan Surabaya sekarang terasa kayak di Negeri Sakura Jepang. Mulai sepanjang jalan Ahmad Yani, KBS, Darmo, Walikota Mustajab hingga Mayjen Sungkono bermekaran semua . . Tag Fotomu bunga Tabebuya di @lovesuroboyo dengan Hastag #SurabayaBerbunga #lovesuroboyo yang beruntung Mimin repost! . . Foto by @rohmatdarmawan Lokasi : KBS . #lovesuroboyo #surabayaberbunga #surabayamendunia #banggasurabaya #aslisuroboyo #exploresurabaya #surabaya

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Usually the trees bloom twice a year, in April and towards the end of the year . But Fikser said this latest blossoming was unique in that the flowers usually only develop during the dry season, not after the rainy season has started as it already has this year.

The unusual flora phenomenon has been well documented on Instagram in viral pics that’ll have you mistaking the East Java capital for Japan. Here are a few more of our favorites:


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#sakurasurabaya (tabebuya)

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Saat wanita tersenyum, dia sm cantik nya dg bunga yg bermekaran… #Copas #banggasurabaya #Sakurasurabaya #novemberrain

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