The centuries-old tradition of Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, will be celebrated throughout Philadelphia with various events and activities this year. The week of cherry blossom appreciation will culminate in “Sakura Sunday,” a daylong celebration of Japanese culture. The day will include ceremonial drumming, a traditional tea ceremony, live music, and dancing. Admission to the Sunday even is $15 for adults and free for children under 12 years old. Other events around the city (most of which will be free) will feature origami-making, sushi-making classes, and martial arts performances.
In 1926 the Japanese government donated cherry blossom trees to Philadelphia to honor the Sesquicentennial of American Independence. In Japanese culture, the pink blossoms are a traditional image in art and literature. “Ohanami,” or the time for viewing the bright flowers, was a symbol of the simultaneous enduring and fleeting natures of life.
April 1st – 9th