The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is well underway. Running through April 17, this multicultural occasion features dance, music, food, arts, and children’s events. In the city you’ll find a sushi-making contest, a tea ceremony in Fairmount Park, and a “Prettiest Pet in Pink” contest. There is even a 5K run/walk among the beautiful, flowering trees.
The fun extends into the suburbs as well. Libraries in the surrounding counties are presenting Japanese story hours.
The history of the cherry trees (also known as sakura) in Philadelphia dates back to 1926 when the Japanese government donated them in honor of the 150th anniversary of American Independence. Today, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia has planted and cared for more than 1,000 cherry trees in the past decade.
Please join Subaru, a long-time Flower Show sponsor, in celebrating the season and the cultural heritage of Japan.