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, 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.

Thanks For Another Great Festival Season!

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Thank you to all the attendees, performers, vendors, and volunteers who participated in the 2016 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. Mother Nature may not have given us peak bloom when we would have liked, but she gave us a gorgeous weekend for the Cherry Blossom 10K and Sakura Sunday. This year’s Sakura Sunday attendance was over 13,500 people – a new record! We’d like to give special thanks to Subaru of America and our other sponsors and partners for making everything possible. We’ll be putting up some galleries of our favorite … Continue reading →

Sakura Sunday Vendor List

Sakura Sunday is soon upon us! We will have a variety of events and vendors on location on Sakura Sunday. For those interested, here is a list of participating groups: Vendors Inside of the Horticultural Center Taro’s Origami Workshop Penn Go Society Greater Philadelphia Asian Culture Center Philadelphia Shogi Club IACE Travel Philadelphia Renaissance Faire Quality Koi PAAFF (Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival) Vendors Outside of the Horticultural Center Aurora Bath and Jewels  GEICO Green Mountain Energy Greentea Design Greeting Life America HKT Import Toys It’s a Print Shop-Sand Art … Continue reading →

Performer Profile: Master Nishiura

Introducing a new performer for Sakura Sunday this year, Master Nishiura. He will be introducing the traditional Japanese arts of calligraphy and Ikebana flower arranging. Born in Tokyo in 1970 to a famous ceramics family that has produced the art since 1806. he started practicing calligraphy at age seven and received a master certificate from the Shosei-kai School of Calligraphy, as well as vice grandmaster from Teshigahara School of Ikebana. Since 2004 he has exhibited his knowledge of calligraphy and ikebana in Japan and all over the world. In addition … Continue reading →

Cosplay Showcase

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Coming to the Main Stage for 2016 is the all new Cosplay Showcase courtesy of Zenkaikon. The showcase features award winning costumers from 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 11:15 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 of your skills by signing up to participate early … Continue reading →

Little Akiba – Sakura Sunday’s Pop Culture Core

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Sakura Sunday‘s official area focused on anime, manga, and other forms of contemporary Japanese culture will return this year in a new location. Now located at the rear of the Horticulture Center building, Little Akiba is bigger and better in 2016. Named after one of Tokyo’s most famous districts – Akihabara, casually referred to as Akiba​ – it is the place to be for all things otaku! In addition to vendors of anime/manga type goods, the area will also include: Karaoke & J-Core Music DJ Kurono will be providing the soundtrack and setting the mood for the … Continue reading →