Celebrate Japanese culture and history at Vancouver's annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Apr 10 2018, 3:02 am

It’s one of the most popular draws of Vancouver’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival and it’s taking place this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, the Sakura Days Japanese festival returns to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.

The festival is a showcase of Japanese cultural and performing arts, cuisine, and business while celebrating spring and of course, the cherry blossom.

The all-ages, family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, April 14, from 11 am to 7 pm, and on Sunday, April 15, from 11 am to 5 pm.

Highlights of the weekend include an evening lantern parade on Saturday evening, Tsugaru Shamisen (a traditional genre of music), featuring Kohei Honda and world-renowned Japanese drum player, Keita Kanezashi on both days, and Vancouver Sings One Song (VSOS) conducted by Kathryn Nicholson and the host choir, Sound Eclectic, on both days as well.

Sakura Days Japan Fair was established in 2009 and is presented by the volunteer-run Japan Fair Association of Vancouver.

Tickets to the event can be bought in-person, or online.

No pets are allowed at the event.

Sakura Days Japan Fair

When: Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15

Time: 11 am to 7 pm, and 11 am to 5 pm, respectively

Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak)

Tickets: Available online

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