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.
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 →
Hitting the Main Stage at Sakura Sunday again this year is the ever-popular Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance Troupe! This force to be reckoned with is one of our most popular performances so missing them go on at 10:45 AM would be a big mistake. However if that is the case, don’t worry! The mesmerizing group will be back on at 1:30 PM to remind you of their trembling presence. In our 2017 March Japanness Tournament, Taiko made it all the way to the final round before losing by a … Continue reading →
Then there were two. The Final Four saw the fall of the beloved Koi which are now swimming with the fi-…themselves. Meanwhile Daruma’s last wish was written off, never to come to pass. So now it’s down to Taiko and Haruki Murakami, facing off in our final showdown. Can Taiko bang the victory drums, or will Haruki Murakami rewrite history into his favor? Coming from the bottom of the bracket, now they’re here; Taiko and Haruki Murakami have one last challenge to see who will come out on top now … Continue reading →
Returning to the Main Stage on Sakura Sunday in 2017 is the ever classy, J-MUSIC Ensemble! Coming out from New York City, this jazz-style instrumental group focuses on rearranging popular Japanese music both from contemporary artists and songs heard in many of your favorite anime openings and credits. This JPOP meets Jazz proves to be great formula as the 8-piece group is constantly growing in popularity, having already performed at Sakura Sunday twice as well as appearing on live television. This original idea generated from the mind of Grammy-nominated Patrick Bartley and … Continue reading →