Saturday, April 10, 10 am EST
$15/ $10 for JASGP Members
Spring Starts at Shofuso!
On April 10th, Shofuso welcomes Philadelphians to recover and renew by visiting Shofuso this spring and enjoying our Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing: Virtual Ohanami online. The program will be live from Shofuso, including a presentation of cherry blossom appreciation, cherry tree workshop and Tamagawa University taiko performance (pre-recorded in Japan) to mark the fresh start of the 2021 spring season.
Every year when the cherry trees bloom, friends and family gather under the blossoms to have flower-viewing picnics called “Ohanami” in Japan. Download or pick up at Shofuso a Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Ohanami map, and plan your own Ohanami picnic to treat yourself with the simple pleasure of sitting outdoors and watching the delicate petals float on the spring breeze while enjoying fresh air under the blooming cherry trees around Philadelphia.
Flowering cherry trees is also a symbol of friendship between Philadelphia and Japan since 1,600 cherry trees were gifted from Japan to Philadelphia in 1926 to commemorate the American Sesquicentennial. In 1933, Japanese residents of the Philadelphia region gifted additional 500 cherry trees and planted them alongside John B. Kelly Drive. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia organized to plant 1,000 new cherry trees in Philadelphia between 1998 and 2007. JASGP has been working with neighborhood communities continuously since 2008 to plant cherry trees in Clark Park, Franklin Square and Morris Park to help build green and peaceful urban communities.
As part of our virtual cherry blossom viewing activities, we are also hosting a virtual marketplace on our website until April 18. Looking for Japanese or Japan inspired goods? Browse all vendors!
You can run or walk in the Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K through the cherry trees around Shofuso on your own schedule!
This event is dedicated to Abana Jacobs, a colleague lost to Covid in 2020 who worked with us on Subaru Cherry Blossom Festivals for many years.