Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

JAPAN AMERICA CENTER SEATTLE

About the Festival
Founded on a sunny afternoon on the warm grass of Seattle’s Seward Park on May 8, 1976, the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival has grown to become a three-day celebration enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people.

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About Us
Explore: Arts and Crafts
Origami may be the most famous Japanese craft, but it's just one of many. Learn more about these arts and find a brand new hobby!

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Origami
Past Events: Hanami
On April 5, 2010, Japan and America's respective space agencies sent cherry blossoms to the International Space Station to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations.

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Cherry Blossoms in space
2017 Festival Schedule
About the Festival

Founded on a sunny afternoon on the warm grass of Seattle’s Seward Park on May 8, 1976, the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival has grown to become a three-day celebration enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people.

learn more

Origami
Explore: Arts and Crafts

Origami may be the most famous Japanese craft, but it's just one of many. Learn more about these arts and find a brand new hobby!

learn more

Cherry Blossoms in space
Past Events: Hanami

On April 5, 2010, Japan and America's respective space agencies sent cherry blossoms to the International Space Station to commemorate 150 years of diplomatic relations.

watch the video here

WHO WE ARE
Welcome to the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival!  Each year we put on a weekend-long celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American culture.
OUR HISTORY
The Festival was initiated by a gift of 1,000 cherry trees that were given to Seattle on May 8, 1976, by Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in commemoration of America’s bicentennial and the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington...read more
EXPLORE
lecture photo
Games At 4,000 years of age, Go is the oldest board game in the world. Like chess, its rules are simple, but its strategy can take decades to master..read more
Shodo
Shodo Shodo, Japanese calligraphy, is a fine art form all its own and extends back a millenia. Take up a brush and experience this rich tradition!  learn more
2018 SCHEDULE

We are currently in the process of planning next year's event. More information will be available soon.