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.

Announcing the 2015 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

With winter weather taking hold of the region, many Philadelphians are looking forward to the return of warmer days. We're happy to announce that we'll be heralding the return of Spring with the 2015 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival on April 6-12. Once again the festivities will culminate with Sakura Sunday on April 12.

We'll be announcing more about new and returning programs over the coming months. For now, in addition to marking your calendars, you can get ready for spring by:

Sakura Snapshots Contest

Now that this year's festival season has finally come to a close, it's time for our annual Sakura Snapshots Contest. We want to see your favorite moments from the festival, whether it's a snapshot of you crossing the finish line at the Cherry Blossom 5K, or a picture of your painstakingly crafted origami creations. The photos can be from any of our festival events, not just from Sakura Sunday. We know the blossoms weren't as cooperative as previous years, but we hope that didn't stop you guys from taking some great photos.

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