March 20, 2012
The 2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Kicks Off March 23, A Month-Long Celebration Of The Culture, Craft And Cuisine Of Japan
We’re approaching spring festival season, and one of the first, and most fun, is the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, which kicks off March 23.
A lively four-week spring celebration of Japanese culture, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival honors the fleeting splendor of the sakura (Japanese Cherry Trees).
Festivities throughout the festival include: ceremonial drumming, martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony, fashion show, origami demonstrations, and sushi-making classes.
The Blossom Bash, the opening celebration of the festival, is a black-tie optional affair which will be held at the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Friday, March 23m including a first-ever Young Friends Cocktail Reception. Get tickets online.
The centerpiece of the festival is Sakura Sunday, held this year on April 15 in Fairmount Park, a day under the blossoms full of spectacular sights and performances.
A complete schedule is available online.
Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
When: March 23-April 21
Where: Locations throughout the city
Cost: Varies based on event, but most are free
More info: www.sakura.japanphilly.org