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Travel tip: Philadelphia's April cherry blossom festival celebrates Japanese culture

Shirley McMarlin
| Monday, April 2, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Heralding the return of spring, the 2018 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is set for April 7-15.
Heralding the return of spring, the 2018 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is set for April 7-15.

Cherry blossoms herald the return of spring in Japan and Washington, D.C. — and Philadelphia.

Yes, dates for the 2018 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia are April 7 through 15.

A project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the event is a celebration not only of the delicate blossoms, but also of Japanese music, art, food and culture.

The festival began in 1998 with a focus on the society's tree planting efforts, echoing a sesquicentennial gift of 1,600 flowering trees made by Japan to Philadelphia in 1926.

Nowadays, there are garden tours, tea ceremonies, sushi-making, kabuki theater, games, kimono-dressing and flower-arranging demonstrations and more. The main event is Sakura Sunday on April 15 in Fairmount Park.


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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