Cherry Blossom Festival

by Philly

The Cherry Blossom Festival of Philadelphia celebrates the culture, crafts and cuisine of Japan. This Philadelphia Festival continues a tradition that came about in 1926 when the Japanese government donated cherry trees to Philadelphia in honor of the Sesquicentennial of American Independence. With a backdrop of over 1,000 tree blossoms, this festival enlivens the streets of Philadelphia with the most beautiful cherry blossoms and rich Japanese heritage.

The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual festival that takes place throughout Philadelphia and attracts over 40,000 visitors each year. When you hear the thundering beat of the a giant Taiko drum, the festival has begun. When you tour the Cherry Blossom Festival you will come across martial arts exhibitions, a traditional tea ceremony, origami demonstrations, and Japanese movies. Each year the festival features nationally recognized sushi chefs from Japan who perform sushi-making presentations each day.

Throughout the area surrounding the Cherry Blossom Festival you will find a number of tables and benches under the cool shade of the blooming pink cherry trees. These areas make for a perfect destination for your family to rest and enjoy Japanese food, or a delicious homemade picnic.

The Cherry Blossom Festival provides a beautiful destination where you can spend a day enjoying Philadelphia while you also learn about Japanese Culture. Cherry blossoms are Japan’s national flower, and are often offered as a symbol of friendship to other nations. This beautiful tree and delicate pink blossoms are a traditional motif in art, literature and cuisine of Japan. Come and enjoy a day under the shade of the cherry blossoms, and soak in the sun, history, and culture of two great nations.

Dates: March-April
Locations: 4700 States Drive
Japanese House and Garden
Philadelphia, PA 19121
(215) 790-3810

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