Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
Celebrating nature and culture in Seattle
Across America, cherry blossoms might be a resplendent reminder that spring has sprung, but in Seattle, the beautiful blooms hold a cultural meaning. The annual Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival was launched over 40 years ago on May 8, 1976, when Japan’s 41st Prime Minister Takeo Miki gifted 1,000 cherry trees to Seattle to celebrate the the nation’s bicentennial. Today, the unique weekend event, which is being held between April 26th and April 28th, offers three fun-filled days of live Taiko drumming, floral arrangement demonstrations, and delicious food. The festival is free to the public, so come with an open mind and a big appetite!