Cherry Blossom Fest 2017
Preparation for our 2017 festival is underway. This upcoming year is also the 20th anniversary of Seattle's Festal group, of which we are a founding member.

Our festival will open on Friday, April 21st, and close Sunday, April 23rd.

2017 Festival
About us
Founded back in 1976, the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival has become a three day long annual celebration of Japanese American culture.
Join us every spring at the Seattle Center to experience new and traditional takes on Japanese dance, crafts, and music.

learn more here

About us
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
2017 Festival
Cherry Blossom Fest 2017

Preparation for our 2017 festival is underway. This upcoming year is also the 20th anniversary of Seattle's Festal group, of which we are a founding member. Our festival will open on Friday, April 21st, and close Sunday, April 23rd.

About us
About us

Founded back in 1976, the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival has become a three day long annual celebration of Japanese American culture.

Join us every spring at the Seattle Center to experience new and traditional takes on Japanese dance, crafts, and music.

learn more here

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 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
2017 SCHEDULE ( subject to change )
  • Friday 4/21
  • Saturday 4/22
  • Sunday 4/23