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The 47th Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japnese Cultural Festival at The Seattle Center

Updated: May 15, 2022

Event Date: 4/9/2022

The Festival was initiated by a gift of 1,000 cherry trees that were given to Seattle on May 8, 1976, by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in commemoration of America’s bicentennial and the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington State. Today, the Festival is the largest and oldest of its kind in the Northwest. Hanami, cherry blossom viewing, is a reminder to celebrate life, and the pink petals carried on the breeze at the first Festival engendered that thought. People enjoyed this three days live event in the Seattle (convention) Center after being postponed for two years. Traditional Japanese arts of demonstrations, such as Ikebana, callygraphy, tea ceremony, taiko, koto, dance, and martial arts on the stage. Seattle special district members gave the chanyu demonstrations at the special mini stage.


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