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April 10, 2012

Morris Arboretum’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival Returns Saturdays, April 14 And 21

The gorgeous Magnolia Slope at Morris Arboretum is changing every day. (Photo courtesy Morris Arboretum)

Embrace the season in full bloom this spring at the Morris Arboretum, as it hosts its annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the numerous Japanese-inspired plants and cherry trees that reside within the arboretum.

The festival has two dates for celebrating: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21, both days from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Together with the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, the Arboretum will host traditional Japanese music, tea, archery demonstrations, a special Japanese-themed garden tour and more.

On Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-noon, the Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew will take the stage and an outdoor Japanese Tea Demonstration will take place, featuring traditional costumes and “Chabako”, or Japanese Picnic Tea.

Stop by the following Saturday, April 21 to see a performance of Ken Jutsu, an ancient Japan swordsmanship technique and the brand-new Kimono Dressing Demonstration, including a beautiful and extensive collection of authentic kimonos and the history behind the traditional dress.

Both festival days hold many exciting, cultural and informative events celebrating the influential Japanese cultural, and of course, the gorgeous blossoming cherry trees.

Morris Arboretum’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
When: Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: Free with admission
More info: www.business-services.upenn.edu

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