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The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia

A spring celebration of the culture, craft and cuisine of Japan

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden offers a beautiful backdrop for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Credit: Friends of the Japanese House and Garden

Description

Dates
April 6 – 12, 2015

Overview

Whether it’s enjoying the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, listening to the thundering beat of a giant Taiko drum, creating origami masterpieces or honing your sushi-making skills, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the place to celebrate all things Japanese.

The centuries-old tradition of Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, takes place throughout Philadelphia and includes ceremonial drumming, martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony, origami demonstrations, Japanese movies and a special sushi-making presentation, which features nationally recognized master sushi chefs from Japan.

Most events are free and offer something for every age to enjoy.

The Festival continues a legacy established in 1926 when the Japanese government donated cherry trees to Philadelphia in honor of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence.

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Highlights

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival features dozens of events including culinary demonstrations, workshops, film screenings, live performances and more. Read on for a few of our festival highlights.

Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe
An internationally touring Tokyo-based troupe, the Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe returns to Philadelphia for a series of performances around the region throughout the week. See the traditional Japanese folk dance, percussion and elaborate costumes at venues in both Philadelphia and the suburbs. Read more >>

Cherry Blossom 10K and 5K
Go for a run (or walk) in the spring air during the Cherry Blossom 10K and 5K. Held the day before Sakura Sunday, the feel-good run takes participants on a course through the beautiful cherry blossoms of Fairmount Park. Choose from 10K and 5K runs or the 5K walk. Read more and view course map >>

When: Saturday, April 11, 6:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park
Cost: 5K – $20 JASGP members; $25 non-members; $30 on-site; 10K – $25 JASGP members; $30 non-members; $35 on-site

Sakura Sunday
The centerpiece of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Sunday is a day-long celebration of Japanese culture. Held at Fairmount Park’s Horticulture Center, the massive celebration features live music, demonstrations, martial arts, karoke and much more. Look out for highlights like the Harajuku Fashion Show, tours of Shofuso Japanese garden house and the Subaru Sushi Samurai of the Year Competition. Read more >>

When: Sunday, April 12 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Horticulture Center, Fairmount Park
Cost: $10, adults; free, children 12 and under

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Best Blooms Map

Cherry blossoms are around a notoriously brief time, so it’s best to get out and see them while you can. Click the button below for the best places to see the blooming blossoms in Fairmount Park.

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History

Cherry blossoms have deep significance in Japanese culture and are a traditional motif in art, literature and cuisine. As Japan’s national flower it is sometimes offered as a symbol of friendship to other nations. In traditional Japan the time of ohanami, or viewing of the ephemeral cherry blossoms, was said to remind one of the paradoxically fleeting yet enduring nature of life.

Get Involved

Cherry trees beautify the city landscape, improve our air and water quality, absorb pollutants and provide numerous other environmental benefits. You can sponsor the purchase and planting of a new cherry tree through the Japanese Society of Greater Philadelphia.

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Details

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives
Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 790-3810
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