Visit Japan Without Leaving Philly

For centuries, Japan has celebrated the return of spring with ohanami​ – parties beneath the blossoming cherry trees with food, drink, and entertainment. Now you can experience this delightful tradition without days of arduous travel. A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration not only of these beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese music, art, food, and culture.

Over the course of a week, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japan with a variety of events, including demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana flower arranging, a restaurant week—Dine Out Japan, as well as live musical and dance performances.

The main event, Sakura Sunday is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and features two stages of performers, arts & crafts, Little Akiba, tours of Shofuso, and much much more. Other major events include our Silent Auction, Japanese Culture Week, and the Cherry Blossom 5K. For more details and events, check our calendar.

2016 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival Dates

Fall has barely begun, yet we’re sure you are already looking ahead to the warmer, longer days of spring. To keep your spirits high through what’s predicted to be a long cold winter, we’d like to announce that the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will return to Philadelphia from April 11 to 17, 2016.

We’ll be sharing more details as 2016 arrives, but for now mark your calendar for these highlights:

  • Sakura Sunday – April 17
  • Cherry Blossom 10K & 5K – April 16
  • Sakura Under the Stars – at Loews Hotel – April 16

If you’d like to get involved as sponsor, vendor, performer or volunteer, please reach out to us using our contact form. Stay warm Philly, spring will be here soon!

The Festival is Over, But Blossoming Has Just Begun


It has been another crazy year. The cold winter delayed the flowers, but it could not diminish our spirits! As the Festival organizer, we at the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) were positively overwhelmed support for the 2015 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. We had a tremendous showing throughout the week of events. Sakura Sunday drew 12,000 people for the second consecutive year. Our inaugural Cherry Blossom 10K challenged a record number of runners. And really all of the events seems full of bright, smiling, engaged faces. We hope that you’ll consider … Continue reading →

2015 Sakura Sunday Food Vendors

Wandering around the festival grounds, catching some performances on the Main Stage, singing karaoke at Little Akiba, learning to play Go, touring Shofuso, and doing all that goldfish scooping at Kodomo Corner can really work a number on you. When your stomach starts growling and it’s time to chow down or you just need a quick snack, we’ve got you covered at Sakura Sunday with a delectable selection of Japanese, American, and other International treats. Here is a list of menus for our featured vendors this year: Festival Food Management Hai … Continue reading →

United Airlines Ticket Conditions 2015 Donation

Expiration – April 15, 2016 Terms and Conditions This certificate is valid for the number of confirmed roundtrip ticket(s) as defined under credits in the authorization details. If issued for one-way travel, any unused portion will be forfeited. Offer valid only on flights operated by United or operated by other airlines and branded “United Express” . Otherwise, it is not valid on flights operated by other airlines, such as United-Marketed code share and Star Alliance flights. Itinerary must be a published fare routing. All travel must be completed by the expiration date … Continue reading →