Sakura Matsuri  桜祭り 2021

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Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

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.


Save the Date!

Our 15th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held virtualLY on March 27, 2021!


Join us for YouTube Live performances, special interviews, and messages from your favorite Cherry Blossom Festival Guests and performers! Visit this page on March 27th for a full day of Japanese culture through video.

See below for a list of participants and stay tuned for a full schedule for the day! We'll be updating our event with content throughout the month of March so you can appreciate Japanese culture throughout Cherry Blossom Season.


Featuring...

A.C.T. Defense Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Birmingham Public Library's Miss Iwate

Birmingham Shinkendo Federation

Ikebana - Japanese Flower Arranging

Mark Jackson, Honorary Consul General of Japan

Origami - Japanese Paper Crafts

Paperworkers Local Moku Hanga 

...and more!


For information and photos from previous years' Cherry Blossom Festivals, see below.


14th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival: March 16, 2019

Performance Schedule

10:00-10:30 OPENING CEREMONY

10:45- 11:15 BRIARWOOD JAPANESE CHILDREN’S CLUB PERFORMANCE

11:30 – 12:15 DAIKIN AMERICA TAIKO PERFORMANCE

12:30 – 1:00 BIRMINGHAM SHINKENDO DEMONSTRATION

1:00 – 1:30 DAIKIN AMERICA TAIKO PERFORMANCE

1:30 – 2:15 SHAKUHACHI PERFORMANCE

2:30- 3:15 A.C.T. DEFENSE BUJINKAN BUDO TAIJUTSU DEMONSTRATION

3:30-4:00 CLOSING REMARKS



Guests and Activities

A.C.T. DEFENSE

ALABAMA BONSAI SOCIETY

ALABAMA MULTICULTURAL ORGANIZATION (AMOR)

BIRMINGHAM QUILTERS GUILD

BIRMINGHAM SHINKENDO JAPANESE SWORDMANSHIP GROUP

BIRMINGHAM URASENKE ASSOCIATION

BRIARWOOD JAPANESE CHURCH

BOWMAN ACCESSORIES

CALLIGRAPHY

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

CONSUL GENERAL OF JAPAN

DAIKIN AMERICA TAIKO TEAM

IKEBANA

JAPAN CAFE

KENDAMA USA

ORIGAMI

ROBIN RAY CRAFTS

SHAKUHACHI

TARA ATKINS CRAFTS

PAPERWORKERS LOCAL

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