Fans of taikō drumming, teriyaki chicken, and vintage Japanese textiles won’t want to miss this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival (in Japanese, Sakura Matsuri). Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates
Fans of taikō drumming, teriyaki chicken, and vintage Japanese textiles won’t want to miss this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival (in Japanese, Sakura Matsuri).
Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates the Japanese American (JA) heritage and culture of Front Range residents through live entertainment, food and drink, arts and crafts, and informative exhibits and demonstrations.
Among the entertainment will be Denver Taiko, whose rousing drum performances have in past years drawn the festival’s biggest crowds, as well as performances of Japanese dance, koto and shamisen, and martial arts. Inside the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple, attendees will find exhibits of ikebana (flower arrangement) and bonsai, and informative lectures on Buddhism. The temple’s gymnasium is home to a variety of food and drink, including the popular teriyaki chicken dinner plate, sushi, and delicious Japanese sweets called manju and mochi. Volunteers will be pouring complementary hot green tea, but if that’s too much heat on a warm summer day, head to one of our two beer gardens for a cold glass and a refreshing bowl of chilled somen (noodles). Be sure to try the special Sakura Matsuri craft brew made by our neighbor, Jagged Mountain Brewery. If sake is more to your liking, try Portland-based Sake One’s offerings.
Our fine selection of arts and crafts vendors will have you browsing through vintage kimono, handmade jewelry, Asian-inspired pottery, books and anime, dolls, fine art, Japanese Hawaiian T-shirts, and more. Nearly 40 booths, including a few informational ones tied to the Japanese-American community, will fill much of Lawrence Street.
Although the Cherry Blossom Festival raises funds for the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temples programs and operations, it relies on the volunteer efforts of temple members and nonmembers alike. Japanese Americans, students of Asian studies, and aficionados of Japanese food, entertainment, and culture are all invited to help with the preparations for and running of the festival.
For more info about the 2018 Cherry Blossom Festival, call (303) 951-4486. Please check back soon for updated vendor details. For general event questions please Contact Us.
Note: The Obon street dance will not take place in conjunction with this year’s festival. Please visit the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple website for Obon information.
(Sunday) 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Denver Buddhist Temple
1947 Lawrence Street Denver, CO 80202
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