Our annual Cherry Blossom Festival (sakura matsuri) is held in March each year at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. We have a variety of performances, food, and Japanese cultural activities to add to your Hanami (flower viewing) experience! Cherry Blossoms, or sakura, only bloom for a few weeks each year. In Japanese culture, sakura represent mortality and remind viewers of the beauty and transience of life. Thousands of people flock to parks in Japan to see the blossoms.
We are lucky to have cherry trees all over Alabama that bloom each Spring. We encourage everyone to venture outside this month to appreciate the cherry blossoms! Note: Please respect social distancing guidelines and your area's COVID-19 precautions when attending any public gardens and parks. Visit Alabama Department of Public Health for more information on how to stay safe.
**NOTE: The JASA Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 2022 has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns and some administrative changes. We hope that you will be able to join us next year and we look forward to seeing you in person at future events when we can safely resume our program.