Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

JAPAN AMERICA CENTER SEATTLE

This year’s festival program at Seattle Center, April 24-26, is cancelled.

To our Friends of Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival: Now that the coronavirus outbreak is declared a national emergency with events banned, we, mindful of the safety and well-being of our festival members, participants and visitors wish to take proactive steps by cancelling the physical part of Cherry Blossom Festival this year at Seattle Center. Instead, the festival committee is in the midst of planning other options. Please check this page for ongoing announcements. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.

-SCBJC Festival Committee
Festival 2019 Photos
Photographs of Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 are up! Special thanks to Justin Chan for documenting our festival.

Click here to view

2019 Photos
2019 Photos
This year’s festival program at Seattle Center, April 24-26, is cancelled

To our Friends of Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival: Now that the coronavirus outbreak is declared a national emergency with events banned, we, mindful of the safety and well-being of our festival members, participants and visitors wish to take proactive steps by cancelling the physical part of Cherry Blossom Festival this year at Seattle Center. Instead, the festival committee is in the midst of planning other options. Please check this page for ongoing announcements. In the meantime, please stay healthy and safe.

-SCBJC Festival Committee

2019 Photos
Festival 2019 Photos

Photographs of Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 are up! Special thanks to Justin Chan for documenting our festival.

Click here to view

About Us
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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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
2020 SCHEDULE

Due to COVID-19 concerns, events at this year's festival will potentially be livestreamed. Details to follow.