I love Spring. The bursts of pink and other pastel shades on trees around my neighborhood remind me of past visits to Japan during the blooming of the cherry blossom trees. Cherry blossoms are a big deal in Japan. There is even a Japan Cherry Blossom Association, and they produced a list of the top 100 places to view the beautiful blooms, sorted by prefecture.
People flock from all over the world to try and catch them at their peak.
San Francisco Japantown is one of just three remaining Japantowns in the United States, and hosts the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival each April. This festival first began in 1967, to display Japanese cultural heritage and pride. Over two weekends, the streets around Japantown are filled with Japanese dancing, music, martial arts demonstrations, and of course food! The festival ends with a big parade, on Sunday, April 21st. Find out more about the festival on their website.
For More Information
This book, Japanese Celebrations : Cherry Blossoms, Lanterns And Stars! By Betty Reynolds, has information about various festivals in Japan.
Library Program in April
The Atherton Library is hosting an origami workshop on Wednesday, April 17th at 3:30 pm. Students from Menlo School will teach children to make origami cherry blossoms!
Photo credit: Kwong Yee Cheng
DeAnn O. has been to Japan twice, and keeps missing the cherry blossoms at their peak.