The Japan America Society is organizing an event that definitely is going to draw in the attention of those who love all things culturally interesting and fun. The event is the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia and it has a storied tradition as being one of the more unique and grand cultural displays held in the City of Brotherly Love.
You Don’t Have To Go To Japan
Most people associate Cherry Blossoms with Japan and, for good reason. The Cherry Blossom is the national flower of Japan. Of course, there are Cherry Blossoms all over the world and scores of people are quite familiar with the brilliant look of these stunning flowers. In Philadelphia, there is even a Cherry Blossom Festival that draws the attention of thousands of tourists and locals.
In Japan, the Cherry Blossom Festival is known as the Sakura Matsuri and it has a tradition that dates back many centuries. Cherry Blossom Festivals take part all throughout the world and, yes, a very popular festival occurs annually in Philadelphia.
The tradition of the Philadelphia festival dates back nearly a century having started in 1926. The origins of the festival commenced when the Japanese government donated Cherry Blossom trees to the city of Philadelphia. The reason for the donation was to honor the Sesquicentennial of American Independence.
Each and every year when the Cherry Blossom Festival starts in Philadelphia, the event showcases a celebration of Japanese history and culture. The festival runs from April 2 to April 13 and takes place in the easily accessible Greater Philadelphia area.
Actually, to call it an event would be incorrect. There are several events that run during the near two week festival. Sushi making demonstrations and martial arts displays are among the more popular shows for spectators to watch. Flower arrangements bring a centuries old Japanese tradition to the modern world.
There may even be some participatory events to join in as well. Most certainly, those who love Japanese food are going to enjoy going from restaurant to restaurant trying out the varied cuisine of Japan. Some of the food selections might be very rare ones not commonly found in eateries in Philly.
If you eat a bit too much during the festival, there is a way to burn it off. You can take part in the Cherry Blossom 5K race. Those not up for such a race can always try out the dancing lessons. They are good for burning calories as well.
Some Necessary Exploration
With a little bit of careful planning, tourists and locals can explore a great many different interesting exhibits during the week. The one day not to miss for this event is Sakura Sunday, which takes place on Sunday April 13 at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. Sakura Sunday offers the grand finale to the two week festival and things end on a very upbeat and exciting note. Live music, dancing, karaoke (for those willing to climb on the stage!), anime and cosplay for the otaku lovers, and even a special show for pets. No, the four-legged citizens of Philadelphia are not left behind.
All in all, this is one of the more interesting and original events held in Philadelphia during the year. Spring is here and what better way than to celebrate the spring time blooming of the Cherry Blossoms than visiting the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia?
It definitely can end up being an unforgettable, educational, and thoroughly enjoyable experience.