Cherry Blossoms Come Into Bloom Just in Time for Philadelphia Festival

A sign of spring! The cherry blossoms bloomed just in time for the start of the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia kicks off this weekend.

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Spring time is near and cherry blossoms are are blooming. It's time to celebrate the Subaru Cherry Blossom festival of Greater Philadelphia in Fairmount Park.
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The festival is a celebration of Japanese culture showcasing martial arts, origami making, and sushi making.
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The Japan America Society received a gift of 1,600 cherry blossom trees from the Japanese government in 1926. Between 1998-2007 the Society instated a cherry tree planting initiative to put over 1,000 trees into parks in and around Kelly Drive, MLK Blvd., and the Schuylkill River.
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A popular event that draws crowds to the week long festival is Sakura Sunday. Admission to day long, grand finale to the Cherry Blossom Festival is $15 per person. Held in West Fairmount Park on April 9th from 10 a.m to 5 p.m offers a sampling of Japanese cuisine.
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Japanese cuisine on Sakura Sunday will include curry bowls, chocolates and takoyaki. Along with admission, visitors are able to enjoy a free timed tour of the Shufuso Japanese House and Garden on Saunday.
Sakura Sunday will also showcase a tea ceremony, dancing, live music, ceremonial drumming and a Harajuku fashion show. Students studying Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, will showcase their Harajuku designs which will be displayed on the main stage at 12:15 pm.
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A musical performance from New York City's Kuro-POP will bringing fun and excitement! With a performance on the Main Stage at 2:30 p.m this girl group will not disappoint on Sakura Sunday .
The Japan America Society of Grater Philadelphia and the Subaru Cherry blossom Festival cherishes Japanese music art, food and culture, With a week of events its certainly not going to disappoint.
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The main event Sakura Sunday also includes a Silent Auction. a Cherry Blossom 5K, a film screening at UPenn, and a traditional tea ceremony.
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This festival is fun for the whole family! Most popular among high school students and families alike, seeing the cherry blossoms are an experience for all!
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Visit the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden. Learn about traditional Japanese values, experience the 1.2 venue, visit the pond style garden it is surely a relaxing oasis.
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Wondering how to get to Sakura Sunday? <br> Take the shuttle bus running between 9:00 a.m until 3:30 p.m. Departing to the Horticulture Center across from 30th Street Station (Old Post Office). Each bus will depart every 15-20 minutes The last bus to Center City will leave the Horticulture Center at 5:30 p.m.
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