The 15th annual Cherry Blossom Festival presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and Subaru kicks-off this weekend March 23rd - March 25th. Take part in this kick-off weekend of a month of celebrating spring and Japan. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of Japan without leaving Philadelphia. Enjoy family friendly events, many free, throughout Philly that celebrate Japanese culture such as these below:
Saturday March 24th
- The Philadelphia Taiko Center (1223 Vine Street) is offering a Introductory Taiko workshop at 9am on Saturday March 24th. Experience a Taiko workshop which will provide an introductory workshop in kumidaiko. The Philadelphia Taiko Center will present two workshops introducing students to playing big drums (taiko) in a group environment. $15 per person. Advanced registration recommended.
- On Saturday March 24th at 2pm families can enjoy story hours at the Tacony Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Come celebrate Japanese culture at this special family program featuring stories, music, and food. Ages 4+. Please contact the Children's Department in advance if you plan to attend.
Sunday March 25th
- Enjoy the art of making Japanese paper figures at Morris Arboretum from 1-2:15pm on Sunday March 25th. Children will hear a story that takes place in the shadow of Mount Fuji. This story holds messages about the power of kindness, sharing and friendship, where children are the heroes. Children will look at and discuss great works of art, and they will also make their own Japanese paper figure to take home. This class is for children ages 3-5. Children in this class must be accompanied by an adult. All materials will be provided. $12 for Morris Arboretum members $15 for non-members.
For the full list of events this weekend and all month long see the Festival website at http://sakura.japanphilly.org/