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.
Takeout Thursdays is a recurring feature on the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival blog as we gear up for the spring by spotlighting some of the places to get Japanese food in Philadelphia. Last week, we covered Hai Street Kitchen, purveyors of the sushi burrito. The weather in Philly has been frigid as of late, and what better way to warm up than with a hot bowl of soup? Japan is no stranger to soups and stews, and one of their most famous imports is the ramen bowl. Nom Nom Ramen, which … Continue reading →
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival there’s no shortage of delicious treats. On Sakura Sunday, Fairmount Park fills with vendors selling sushi, yakitori, and yakisoba, plus offerings from Philly favorites including Hai Street Kitchen and Maido. With such a broad range of tastes to test, how can you decide what to get? At the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, we’ve decided to step in and offer our (mostly) unbiased opinions on local Japanese and Japanese fusion foods. Each Thursday leading … Continue reading →
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. What began in 1997 as a tree planting effort in Fairmount Park and along the Schuylkill River has grown into a nine day celebration of all things Japanese. This annual festival will be filled with many events and activities that highlight the cherry blossoms and Japanese culture including Japan’s traditional ohanami: parties beneath the blossoming trees with food, drink, and entertainment. This year’s festival begins on Saturday April 1, 2017 and ends on Sunday April 9, 2017 and … Continue reading →
It’s not even in winter yet, but at JASGP we’ve got spring on our minds. We’re pleased to announce that the 20th annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will be held April 1-9, 2017. Our first day will open with the new season at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and conclude with our all day celebration, Sakura Sunday on April 9. Many of your favorite events will return, Japanese Culture Week at Liberty Place (April 3-7); The Cherry Blossom 10K/5K (April 8); and Sakura Under the Stars at Union Trust (April 8) among … Continue reading →
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 →