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Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
Date:Friday, March 23, 2012 - 6:30pm - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 4:00pm
Various locationsPhiladelphia, PA
This spring, from March 23 - April 21, Philadelphia's beautiful flowering trees will come into bloom for Sakura Matsuri - the Cherry Blossom Festival. A program of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadephia (JASGP), the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is an initiative to encourage a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan and the United States.
Festival Highlights Include:
Blossom Bash, March 23
- The 2012 Blossom Bash is an elegant evening affair to welcome the spring time in high style in the Hyatt at the Bellevue with cocktails & sushi, a silent auction, a buffet dinner, and live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the Japan America Society’s Community Cherry Tree Planting Project and the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.
Sakura Sunday, April 15
- The centerpiece event of the festival, Sakura Sunday, is a day under the blossoms full of spectacular sights and performances with plenty of hands-on fun. Come out with friends and family to picnic under the cherry blossoms and watch as thundering taiko drumming meets high-energy Japanese dance, area youth showcase the lastest in Japanese fashion, and story-tellers weave fantastic worlds on a bicycle-mounted stage.
Cherry Blossom 5K, April 15
- In the morning hours just before the commencement of Sakura Sunday, both amateur and experienced athletes will take to the streets for the 3rd Annual Cherry Blossom 5K. Click here to register.
The Festival benefits the JASGP Community Tree Planting Project, which seeks to beautify the Philadelphia landscape by annually planting and maintaining cherry trees in Philadelphia parks. In the spring of 2007, the JASGP finished planting 1,000 cherry trees to supplement the 1,600 flowering trees donated by Japanese government as a gesture of friendship in 1926.