Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival
Sat, April 9 & 16, 10am – 3pm
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118
Both Saturdays will feature traditional Japanese cultural activities. Free with admission. The Cherry Walk will begin at 10:15am and 12:15pm. Please meet at Garden Rail entrance. All visitors are invited to discover and appreciate the variety of cherry species planted throughout the Arboretum. This walk is 45 minutes long and will be led by an Arboretum expert.
This event will feature Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew from 10:30am and 12:00pm. Haha Wall Taiko drumming has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years at festivals, battles, and as a means of communication over long distances. A combination of choreography and drumming, taiko drumming is physically demanding and visually compelling. Kyo Daiko, Philadelphia’s only Japanese-style drumming crew, is a community-based group, formed by collaboration between the Settlement Music School and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park.
A Traditional Japanese Tea Demonstration will begin at 1:00 pm at the HaHa Wall (rain location: Upper Gallery). The picnic tea or Chabako is a beautiful and unique form of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Featuring traditional costumes and designed to be done outdoors, there are four distinct presentations, one for each of the seasons. This event is a weather permitting demonstration.
Japanese Garden Elements Tours will run from 2-3pm; meet at Garden Rail entrance Led by an Arboretum docent, this tour will highlight the Arboretum’s Japanese style gardens.