Cherry Blossom Fest 2016
Our schedule for 2016 is up! Join us this weekend in celebrating Japanese culture at the Seattle Center, and be sure to visit our world premiere exhibition, Yakishime & Japan, featuring traditional and modern takes on a uniquely Japanese form of sculpture.

download our schedule

2016 Festival
Exhibits: Yakishime & Japan
This world premiere exhibition will feature beautiful and intriguing hand- crafted ceramics, which push the boundaries of the Japanese tradition of yakishime.

click here for details

Yakishime
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

Cherry Blossoms in space
2016 Festival
Cherry Blossom Fest 2016

Our schedule for 2016 is up! Join us this weekend in celebrating Japanese culture at the Seattle Center, and be sure to visit our world premiere exhibition, Yakishime & Japan, featuring traditional and modern takes on a uniquely Japanese form of sculpture.

download our schedule

Yakishime
Exhibits: Yakishime & Japan

This exhibition will feature beautiful and intriguing hand- crafted ceramics, which push the boundaries of the Japanese tradition of yakishime.

Click here for details

Cherry Blossoms in space
Hanami in Space

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 ROOTS
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...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
2016 SCHEDULE
  • Friday 4/22:  10am-6pm
  • Saturday 4/23:  10am-6pm
  • Sunday 4/24:  10am-6pm
  • Opening ceremony: Friday, 6pm, on the Armory stage