What is Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing?

Spring Starts at Shofuso! In Japan, cherry blossoms are the ephemeral marker of spring’s arrival, appreciated and admired by picnicking under the cherry trees and walking through groves and allees of the pink blossoms. JASGP planted 1000 cherry trees from 1994 to 2004 to augment the 1600 cherry trees gifted by the Japanese government to Philadelphia in 1926.

After a difficult 2020, Shofuso welcomes Philadelphians to recover and renew by visiting Shofuso this spring and enjoying our Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing and Virtual Ohanami on April 10th to start Ohanami season, or cherry tree appreciation, which will include beautiful online videos, activities, demonstrations, and crafts that highlight cherry blossom culture in April. Shofuso opens for visitation on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Philadelphia’s cherry trees generally bloom at the end of March through the end of April.

As in Japan, Philadelphians are invited to picnic among the sakura in bloom around Shofuso at the Horticulture Center and under many other cherry trees throughout the city, as shown here. Look for pink and white flowers near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, along the Schuylkill River, in Fitler Square area near the Rosenbach Library and Museum, and on streets and parks throughout the Philadelphia region. Japanese artist Hiro Sakaguchi hand-painted a new map of Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Ohanami – helping visitors find Cherry Blossoms throughout Fairmount Park as well as other spots around the City of Philadelphia. Download the map here!

And don’t forget that you can run or walk in the Virtual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10K/5K through the cherry trees around Shofuso on your own schedule! Please visit our calendar for specific dates and locations.

Will the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival be held this year?

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival will not take place in 2021, but we expect it to resume in 2022. JASGP is conducting the Shofuso Cherry Blossom Viewing, which includes socially distanced activities, including visiting Shofuso, throughout April 2021.

What is the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival?

The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual celebration not only of spring and beautiful blossoms, but of Japanese culture as well. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes its name and central inspiration from the fleeting beauty of the sakura, the Japanese name for cherry blossoms. The first blossoming cherry trees were planted in Fairmount Park in 1926, a gift to the City of Philadelphia by the people of Japan. Cherry blossoms are gorgeous flowers, a must see natural wonder calling everyone outdoors to welcome spring, and an annual inspiration to artists and photographers. Each year, over the course of nine days, the events of the Festival celebrate Philadelphia’s rich cultural connections with the art, music, food, natural beauty, and industry of Japan.

The festival is a family friendly event, open to everyone. Guests are expected to respect each other, performers, event staff, volunteers, and JASGP staff. For our full code of conduct, click here.We expect the festival to resume in 2022 and we hope to see you there!

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