Travel tip: Philadelphia's April cherry blossom festival celebrates Japanese culture
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @shirley_trib.