Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom Festival 2021



Welcome to the 46th annual (virtual) Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival! This year’s theme is “Soul of Artisans”. As such, the Japanese community here and abroad submitted videos covering Japanese tradition, contemporary art, music, dance, and even cooking demonstrations! NHK WORLD-JAPAN is also sponsoring a special series of documentaries, including a 4-part series about 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.

Tokushima Ken: Home town of the MIki Family
Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival was initiated by a gift of 1,000 cherry trees that were given to Seattle in 1976 by Japan’s Prime Minister, Takeo Miki, in commemoration of America’s bicentennial and the long friendship between the people of Japan and Washington state.
Greetings from Tazue Sasaki,
Seattle Cherry Blossom Japanese Cultural Festival Committee Chair
Greetings from Robert Nellams, Seattle Cherry Blossom Japanese Cultural Festival Director
Greetings from Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle and Honorary Festival Co-Chair
Greetings from Consul General Hisao Inagaki, Honorary Festival Co-Chair
‘Suspended Spring’ – augmented reality work by visual artist Tamiko Thiel
Seward Park Cherry Blossom and Torii Tour – with Paul Talbert
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 1976 ~ 1989
Seattle Miyagi Kai members Marcia Takamura and Esther Sugai perform Haru No Umi, composed by Michio Miyagi (宮城 道雄)
Tea Ceremony by Urasenke School of Tea | Seattle TankoKai Association
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 1990 ~ 2000
Ikebana International,Chapter 19
Cherry Blossom Co-Chairs, Mariko Faught and Linda Vane
Demonstrations – Beginners tutorial by Akemi Segawa, Sogetsu School Instructor/Creator
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 2002 ~ 2010
Seattle Kokon Taiko | Kotobuki Jishi – Japanese Lion Dance
Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival 2011 ~ 2020
Calligraphy 101 with Instructor Ricky Kashiba, Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Seattle Chapter
Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle: JET Experience
About the Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Japan Business Association of Seattle ( Shunju Club ) 春秋会
About the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of the Washington State
About Seattle Center’s Festál series

Hiking Tours in Japan | Michinoku Hike (Tohoku) | Shinetsu Trail (Nagano-Niigata)
Seattle Fukushima Club 2021
Seattle Kishu Club | Wakayama Kenjin Kai
Aikido demonstration, with Ki Aikido USA
Hyogo Business & Cultural Center ‘Soul of Artisan’
Myouchin Hibashi Wind Chimes | Japanese Swordsmith
Seattle Hiroshima Club
Visit Hiroshima!..and Food! Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki with meee
Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai | Fukuoka culturally induced products
Musical and Dance Performances, by the Chijinshuu Dancers of Okinawa Kenjinkai, Washington State
Tokyo Shitamachi | Koto Ward, Fukagawa
You may think Fukagawa is a quiet neighborhood. Yes, it is not as popular for tourists like Asakusa but old Tokyo Shitamachi is alive there.
Fukagawa Hachiman Matsuri, known as Mizukake Matsuri (water splashing Festival) every August is one of three major festivals of Edo tradition.

Matsuri: Performed by Northwest Taiko of Seattle
Jeff Chiba Stearns Reading of MIXED CRITTERS and NORI AND HIS DELICIOUS DREAMS (For Children)
About Chiyogami Dolls! Chiyogami is a Japanese paper (washi) which is printed by engraved wood. There are many designs such as flowers or blossoms for each season and many colors. Kuniko Mancini became fascinated by the chiyogami paper, and began making the paper dolls.
Taro Goes to Elementary School: by the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington
Sakura Roll Demonstration, with Jean Nakayama of Maneki Restaurant
Tea Ceremony with Chanoyu Omotesenke-ryu: by the Omotesenke Tea School of Seattle
Shintokan Dojo Demonstration: featuring iaijutsu (sword-drawing art), kenjutsu (sword art), bojutsu (staff art), naginata-jutsu (halberd art), and kusarigamajutsu (sickle & chain art)
Karate Demonstration by the World Seido Karate Organization -Seattle
with Tom Tanaka, Seattle Representative
Performance by The School of Taiko | Japan Creative Arts
ON BEING YUKIKO | By Jeff Chiba Stearns, author/artist and Lillian Michiko Blakey, co-author/illustrator
Hauta Haru Same (Spring Shower) | By the Fujima Dance/Music Ensemble
Thanks for joining us in our second virtual festival! Please join us again in 2022!

NHK Japanese Cultural Videos

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


  • 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
  • Seattle Center
  • Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association
  • Office of Arts and Culture, City of Seattle
  • 4Culture, King County
  • Dragonfly Journey Committee
  • NHK World Japan
  • Tamiko Thiel, Visual Artist
  • Kobo at Higo
  • Maneki Restaurant
  • Tokara Confectionery
  • Friends of Seward Park
  • Wing Luke Museum
  • Yamnuska Hiking Tours
  • Beikoku Shodo Kenkyukai, Seattle Chapter
  • Chanoyu Seattle Omotesenke-ryu
  • Chiyogami Ningyo by Kuniko Mancini
  • Fujima Dance/Music Ensemble
  • George Satake
  • Ikebana International, Chapter 19
  • Japan in the Schools by JASSW
  • Kamishibai by Dillon Brown
  • Ki Aikido USA
  • Meditating Bunny Studio
  • Miyagi Kai
  • Northwest Taiko
  • RJE2021 Committee
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle
  • JBAS
  • Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
  • Okinawa Kenjin Club of Washington State
  • Seattle Fukushima Club
  • Seattle Hiroshima Club
  • Seattle Kishu Club (Wakayama)
  • Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai
  • Seattle-Tacoma Fukuoka Kenjinkai
  • Ochiba Art by Muneo Yoshikawa
  • Okinawa Kenjinkai Chijinshu
  • Seattle Go Center
  • Seattle Kokon Taiko
  • Seattle Seido Karate
  • Shintokan Dojo
  • Tankokai Seattle Association
  • The School of Taiko
  • UV Dance Squad