As we look for cherry trees to begin to burst with pink and white blossoms, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents its annual fête of flowers and Japanese culture, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, April 6-12.
Celebrating the near forest of sakura (flowering Japanese cherry trees) in historic Fairmount Park, most of which were first planted in 1926 as a gift from the people of Japan, the festival honors Philadelphia’s traditional and contemporary Japanese cultural connections.
Kicking off on April 6, dozens of events are set to take place throughout the week, ranging from martial arts demonstrations and flower arranging to live drumming and dance performances.
Over the course of the festival, look forward to culinary events, workshops, film screenings, performances and more that all promote Japanese culture.
On Sunday, April 12, the festival culminates with a daylong event in Fairmount Park, Sakura Sunday.
This celebration of all things Japanese includes a ton of activities in Fairmount Park — from live music and dance performances, to martial arts demonstrations and karaoke. Look out for highlights like the Harajuku Fashion Show, tours of Shofuso Japanese garden house and more.
Mark those calendars now for this first of the many spring festivals to come.