Sakura Sunday is a family friendly event, open to everyone. JASGP strives to create a welcoming environment for all participants. Guests are expected to respect each other, performers, event staff, volunteers, and JASGP staff. Incidents should be reported to security who are placed around the event grounds or to event staff wearing radios. Final decisions rest with JASGP staff.
- Walk on established paths/roads when possible and be mindful of flowerbeds and plants
- Do not climb trees, sculptures, or other structures
- Do not enter the reflecting pool
- Please be mindful not to block exits or major walkways
- The following items are permitted at Sakura Sunday
- Folding or camping chairs
- Umbrellas or parasols
- Blankets or tarps for picnicking
- These items are NOT permitted:
- Canopies or tents
- Charcoal or gas grills
Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated and may be grounds for removal from the event. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to verbal or physical assault, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attention.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please notify security or event staff wearing radios immediately so that they may address it.
Sakura Sunday is held in Fairmount Park on the grounds of the Horticulture Center. Because of the semi-natural state of the environment some areas may be difficult to access for those with mobility issues. Due to the high volume of foot traffic, no vehicles are permitted to park within the grounds. A designated handicap parking area has been set aside in close proximity to the event. Additionally handicap-accessible shuttles are available to move people from the parking lot to the entrance. A handicap-accessible shuttle also runs between 30th Street Station and the festival grounds.
Because Shofuso reflects the conditions of seventeenth-century Japan, it is not wheelchair or scooter accessible. Shofuso is not easily accessible to users of walkers, canes, or prosthetics.
Sales and Solicitation
All commercial activity at Sakura Sunday must be in accordance with the laws of the City of Philadelphia and must be sanctioned by JASGP. Any person or persons found to be conducting illicit sales will be removed from the event.
Pets on leads are welcome at Sakura Sunday and on the shuttles from the parking lot and 30th street station. Owners are expected to clean up after their animals.
Pets are NOT allowed at Shofuso. Only trained Service Animals (as defined by the ADA) are permitted inside the garden. For more information on what constitutes a Service Animal, please refer to this guide by the ADA: https://adata.org/factsheet/service-animals.
Cameras and Photography
Photography and video shoots are permitted at Sakura Sunday. You are welcome as a friend and a guest to have a casual, non-commercial shoot so long as you do not disturb other guests. Reflectors, tripods, and other free-standing equipment are not permitted.
Dress Code & Cosplay Policies
Sakura Sunday is a family-friendly event, and attendees are asked to dress accordingly. JASGP Staff reserves the right to ask an attendee to change or leave if their attire is deemed inappropriate.
Cosplay Props & Weapons
In all cases, final decisions on what constitutes an inappropriate prop belongs to JASGP Staff. If your prop is deemed inappropriate or dangerous to others, you may be asked to leave the event.
Please use common sense when bringing prop weaponry to Sakura Sunday. If you would not carry your item in public, in plain sight, then you should not have it at Sakura Sunday.
- All prop weapons must be easily identified as being replicas.
- The maximum prop size is six feet (6’) in any direction.
- Misuse of your prop, by swinging it or endangering others with it, will result in forfeiture of the prop and/or expulsion from the event.
- Any weapon that can shoot a projectile or has moving parts will not be permitted. Prohibited examples include, but are not limited to: Water guns/pistols/rifles/blasters, BB/Pellet guns, Crossbows, dart guns, or blow guns.
- Live steel: Live steel is defined as any object made of metal that is capable of taking an edge, whether or not the object is actually sharp, and whether or not the object is sheathed.
- Explosives or chemicals of any kind
- Airsoft guns
Props, resin casts, and toys simulating the appearance of firearms will be allowed only if they:
- Are easily identifiable as toys or props
- Have no moving parts
- Are marked with a non-removable orange tip
- Wooden swords including boken, bo sticks, and shinai.
- Anything made of paper mache or other material that is not dangerous to others (e.g. has no sharp edges, or parts sticking out that might trip people as they walk by).
- Any metal chains less than three feet (3’). This includes, but is not limited to, chain wallets or chains on non-costume clothing. While you can have chains, you cannot hold the chain like a leash and lead others around the convention.
- Bows will ONLY be permitted if they are not strung with any tension.