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, 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.
This year on April 9th, Sakura Sunday welcomes back the wonderful, traditional Japanese-style dance group, IchiFuji-kai; coming to perform on the Matsuri Village Demonstration Stage. Led by Helen Moss, a master of the elegant Soke Fujima style of dance, their style is similar to the dance of Kabuki theatre. In the 300 year history of Soke Fujima, the Grandmasters have choreographed numerous well-known Kabuki theatre classics. Ms. Moss has extensive experience in teaching this dance style all over the New York area and beyond. She has given workshops and lecture demonstrations on Japanese … Continue reading →
Sakura Sunday’s official area focused on anime, manga, and other forms of contemporary Japanese culture will return this year to the same area located at the rear of the Horticulture Center building. Named after one of Tokyo’s most famous districts – Akihabara, popularly known as Akiba – it is the place to be for all things otaku! In addition to vendors of anime/manga-related goods, this hotspot will also include: Karaoke & J-Core Music A DJ will be providing the soundtrack and setting the mood for the area with anime inspired music and karaoke performances. You can … Continue reading →
Returning to the Main Stage for Sakura Sunday 2017 is the breathtaking Cosplay Showcase courtesy of Zenkaikon. The showcase features award winning costumers from Zenkaikon and other conventions who will be presenting their work and discussing how they bring their favorite characters to life. The Cosplay Showcase will take place on the Main Stage at 11:45 AM. Need more cosplay? Head to Little Akiba for a full day of activities, including a Cosplay Fashion Show at at 2:30 PM. You can show off your skills by signing up early to participate or … Continue reading →
Gracing our Main Stage at Sakura Sunday this year from New York City is KuroPOP, an all girls, 4-piece Jpop cover group! They specialize in good music, fun dances and bringing you the excitement of Jpop live! Don’t miss their performance happening at 2:30 PM! Want a preview of what’s to come from this dynamic quartet? Find their Facebook for some more info or check out their Youtube to see their practices and performances! … Continue reading →
Coming to Sakura Sunday for a second time is Kanadete Sourou. This four-piece band is a unique mix of traditional and modern featuring leader Koni, vocalist Oyumi, guitarist Chiaki and drummer Kentarou. They are a rock band that performs live while dressed in traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono and hakama. Their original lyrics and music are inspired by traditional Japanese folklore, while mixing in a modern rock band sound. Kanadete Sourou promise a fun time while they perform on the main stage at Sakura Sunday. For more information about Kanadete Sourou, … Continue reading →