Sakura Season, two weeks of virtual and live events featuring Nashville’s beautiful cherry blossom trees and Japanese culture, premieres on March 29th. It will be a celebration of the 1,000 cherry blossoms planted in 38 Nashville parks and neighborhoods during the 2009-2018 Nashville Cherry Blossom Tree Planting Project.
Organizations from all over Nashville will join Sakura Season, hosting events dedicated to Japan and cherry blossom trees during Japan Week. Organized by the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville, Japan Week events will be held online and outdoors using safe social distancing guidelines.
Sister Cities of Nashville, host of the Cherry Blossom Walk, is encouraging cherry blossom tree enthusiasts to join Sakura Season by taking a one-mile walk anywhere in Nashville and sending their best photo of cherry blossom trees to Sister Cities. Winning photographs will be announced on Sister Cities of Nashville social media on April 10th. For more information, visit the Sister Cities website at https://www.scnashville.org.
For the Sakura Season event schedule, visit the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival website:
Join us for the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival!
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly celebration of spring and Japanese culture on the front lawn of the Metro Courthouse at Nashville Public Square. Admission is free. The Festival begins at 9:30 a.m. with the Cherry Blossom Walk. The 2.5-mile course begins and ends at Nashville Public Square and follows the Cumberland River Greenway, looping at Sister Cities’ Magdeburg Connector to Morgan Park in Germantown.
Festival highlights include traditional and contemporary Japanese music and dance, a roving “Candyman,” martial arts demonstrations, art, anime, children’s activities, sumo-suit wrestling, a Cosplay Contest, the annual Pups in Pink Parade and a variety of Japanese cuisine featuring special menus from some of Nashville’s favorite food trucks.
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival and Walk is a joint undertaking of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Funding is provided by civic-minded corporate sponsors and individual donors. Tax deductible donations may be made online.
For more details, visit the festival website below.