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.
Once again the sakura season is coming to an end. As new flowering trees take up the mantle of spring, we at JASGP are wrapping up the finishing touches on another Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. This was a record setting year for us and we are so grateful for their continued support. Sakura Sunday reached 15,000 attendees this year, a mind blowing feat for those who remember the tree planting days 20 years ago. It is gratifying beyond words to see how deeply Philadelphia has embraced this Japanese tradition and we … Continue reading →
Thanks to all the runners and walkers who came out and participated in the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom 10K/5K! While it was a bit chilly, the spirits were high and we were so glad to have you all join us. We’ll be posting more pictures as we get them, but you probably want to know the results. Without futher ado.. 10K Women Lena Kopp – 41:00 Maureen Shields – 47:51 Karen Toner – 50:12 10K Men Ben Siquierias – 34:18 Mark Burgmann – 35:34 Rashaad Jorden – 37:46 5K Women Dynise Balcavage – 22:02 Chelsea Thorseim – 24:43 Carolyn Cicilia … Continue reading →
Yuru-chara are Japanese Mascots that are similar to college mascot costumes but used to promote a wide variety of services, companies, and anything else you can think of, there’s probably a yuru-chara for it! Coming to Sakura Sunday in 2017 all the way from Fukuoka, Japan is yuru-chara Tolalan! She dances, eats, talks, and walks around among the crowds delivering cheer and joy to all. So watch out for the big pink bow and maybe she’ll even let you get a picture with her. She will be making an appearance on the … Continue reading →
Coming to Sakura Sunday for some neat demonstrations of various Japanese cultural activities? Check out Matsuri Village to immerse yourself with a display of a wide variety of specialized arts and enjoy various fun activities for kids and adults alike. One never gets too old for the stylistic endeavor that is Sand Art (courtesy of It’s A Print Shop), and who doesn’t get their face painted at a festival? Thankfully the Japan Association of Greater Philadelphia will bring the means to keep no face unpainted. If face paint isn’t your thing, they … Continue reading →
Get ready for an abundance of pink, canines, and cuteness. The Prettiest Pet in Pink Parade returns at Sakura Sunday to bring back the “awwww” inducing dogs and pups in their favorite outfits. With up to 20 creatively clad pups, the judging will be tense. The best part? You, the audience, will get to vote for your favorite in this prettiest of showdowns. Don’t miss a minute of furry fun. Spectators If you’re just watching, action begins at the sun dial around 12:45 pm (full schedule), but come early to make sure you … Continue reading →