Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival 2022



Welcome to the online portion of the Cherry Blossom Festival! This year, NHK WORLD-JAPAN is generously releasing a series of free documentary videos. Topics are wide and range from sake tasting to samurai-era castle building, and include a four-part miniseries about the renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Please use the tabs above to browse our content – we have divided things up into daily programming chunks, but all videos will be accessible anytime. The full lineup of listings can be viewed here.

And of course, don’t forget to check out the local Japanese businesses that make all of this possible! For more information on Seattle’s Japanese community, click here.

Greetings from Consul General Hisao Inagaki, Honorary Festival Co-Chair
Furoshiki 101
Greetings Bruce Harrell, Mayor of Seattle
Furoshiki 101
An introduction to Japanese Cloth Wrapping Techniques
About Seattle Center Festal
Japanese Business Association of Seattle Shunju Club
Tokushima Ken: Home town of the MIki Family
Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai
Seattle-Fukushima Club
Fukushima Now
View of Fukushima now after 10 years
Seattle Hiroshima Club
Seattle Kishu Club (Wakayama Kenjin Kai)
Hyogo Ken: Introducing Hyogo Prefecture
Introduction to Shodo
Calligraphy 101 with Instructor Ricky Kashiba, Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Seattle Chapter
Seattle Kokon Taiko
Kotobuki Jishi – Japanese Lion Dance
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 1976 ~ 1989
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 1990 ~ 2001
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 2002 ~ 2010
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 2011 ~ 2020
Virtual Pet “TAMAGOTCHI”
Cherry Blossoms in Space!
Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle: JET Experience

Omotesenke Tea School of Seattle
Urasenke School of Tea: Seattle TankoKai Association
Introduction to Shodo
Calligraphy 101 with Instructor Ricky Kashiba, Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Seattle Chapter
Cooking Demonstration by Maneki Restaurant
Haru no Umi: by Michio Miyagi
Flute: Marcia Takamura | Koto: Esther Sugai
Fujima Dance Music Ensemble
Hauta Harusame (Spring Shower)
Chiyogami Dolls
Suspended Spring
augmented reality work by visual artist Tamiko Thiel
The School of Taiko
by Japan Creative Arts
World Seido Karate Organization
Ki Aikido
Kobudo: Shintokan
The Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto ryu is considered by the Japanese government to be the most distinguished of all Japanese martial art traditions, incorporating iaijutsu, kenjutsu, bojutsu, naginata-jutsu, jujutsu, shuriken-jutsu, ninjutsu, sojutsu, and chikujo-jutsu

JCCCW Preserving a Legacy
Japanese Cultural & Community Center of the Washington State
About the JET Experience
Japan In School
JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETY of the State of Washington
Okinawa Taiko
the making of Sakai Uchi-Hamono ( Sakai’s forged cutlery)
Kaze Taiko
Northwest Taiko – Seattle
the making of taiko (Japanese drum)
Torii of Seward Park
Mixed Critters
by Jeff Chiba Stearns
Hiking Tours in Japan

NHK Japanese Cultural Videos

NHK WORLD-JAPAN is generously releasing a series of free documentary videos. Topics are wide and range from sake tasting, samurai-era castle building, and a four-part miniseries about the renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki.

Tell us what you think!

We’d love to hear from you, so after watching the films, please fill out our quick online survey below.
take the survey here!

(These videos are co-sponsored by NHK WORLD-JAPAN in cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan)

Want to Watch More?

NHK World is available on television, for free via over-the-air-antenna on channel 28.2 (most of the Puget Sound region) 15.2 (Centralia) and on cable: XFinity channel 115. Programs range from documentaries, international news, business, technology, and science information, as well as lifestyle, culture and travel programs produced and presented from Japanese and Asian perspectives.


  • City of Seattle, Office of the Mayor
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • Hyogo Business and Cultural Center
  • Japan Business Association of Seattle
  • Japan-America Society of State of Washington
  • Japanese American Citizens League, Seattle Chapter
  • Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington
  • Seattle Center
  • Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
  • Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
  • 4Culture, King County
  • ArtsFund Community Accelerator Fund
  • Grant for International Exchange Project, Wakayama Prefectural Government
  • The Japan Foundation Travelling Exhibition
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • Seattle Opera
  • Seattle Center
  • NHK World Japan
  • Tamiko Thiel, Visual Artist
  • Kobo at Higo
  • Maneki Restaurant
  • Wing Luke Museum
  • Jungle City
  • North American Post Publishing
  • Ramen-Ya, Teinei
  • Setsuko’s Pastry
  • Tokara Confectionery
  • Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Seattle Chapter, 45th anniversary
  • Chado Urasenke Tankokai Seattle Association
  • Chanoyu Seattle Omotesenke-ryu
  • Chinagu Eisa Hawaii
  • Chiyogami Ningyo by Kuniko Mancini
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • Enka by Alana Baxter
  • Film and Lecture
  • Food Court
  • Friends of Seward Park
  • Fujima Dance/Music Ensemble
  • Fukushima, virtual visit by Panos Kumasaka; talk by Justin Takeuchi
  • Gift Shop
  • Hashigakkai Association, represented by Minako Arakawa
  • Hasu-Seizo
  • HBCC
  • Ikebana International, Chapter 19
  • Ichi Bichi
  • Inochi Taiko
  • Japan in the Schools by JASSW celebrating 100 years
  • JACL, Seattle Chapter 100th Exhibit
  • Kamishibai by JCCCW
  • Ki Aikido USA
  • Kids Korner
  • Komy Co., Ltd represented by Minoru Goseki, Saitama Prefecture
  • Lynn Miyauchi, Furoshiki video, courtesy CGJ
  • Meditating Bunny Studio
  • Meito Shodo Kai
  • Miyagi Kai
  • Monica podcast
  • Moopsie
  • Motivational Speaker, Shinji Maeda
  • Musokai Iaido Club
  • Northwest Taiko
  • Okinawa Kenjin Club of Washington State
  • Okinawa Kenjinkai Chijinshu
  • Okinawan Traditional Dance Master, Utako Ishikawa
  • Okinawan Traditional Sanshin Master, Minori Sensei
  • PNW JET Alumni Association
  • PNW Kendo Federation
  • P.A.P.E.R.
  • Rain City Sumo
  • RJE Legends, represented by JBAS
  • Sake Tasting
  • School of Taiko
  • Seattle Dojo Judo
  • Seattle Fukushima Club
  • Seattle Go Center
  • Seattle Hiroshima Club
  • Seattle Japanese Garden
  • Seattle Kishu Club (Wakayama)
  • Seattle Kokon Taiko
  • Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai
  • Seattle Mariners
  • Seattle Seido Karate
  • Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai
  • Shintokan Dojo
  • Tanimoto Karakuri Ningyo Wakayama
  • The School of Taiko
  • Tsukamaki by Gunnar Goerlitz
  • UV Dance Squad
  • Zokei Bonsai by Setsuko Evans