Cherry Blossom Festival

Held each year since 1972, the festival celebrates the Japanese American heritage and culture 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, beef udon (noodle) and vegetarian udon bowls, sushi, and delicious Japanese sweets called manju and mochi. They will be pouring complementary hot green tea, but if that’s too much heat on a warm summer day, head downstairs to the beer garden for a cold glass and a refreshing bowl of chilled somen (noodles). Teriyaki burgers will also be available.

In addition, a selection of arts and crafts vendors will have 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. Stop by the shodo (calligraphy) booth to have your name or a favorite expression written in Japanese.

Meet in front of TriState Denver Buddhist Temple at 1947 Lawrence Street at 11am, or if you arrive later, look for us either inside the temple, or in Sakura Square. Free admission to festival, but bring cash for food or purchases.

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  • Jan L.

    I got there a little late, but there was lots of interesting stuff to do.

    June 28, 2013

  • Patrick C.

    Couldn't make Saturday but went on Sunday.

    June 26, 2013

  • Ivan

    I met two other people at 11am then didnt see them again. I walked around awhile. Not a problem as im used to traveling alone but it wouldve been nice to interact with the group . I was disappointed with the booths. Expensive tourist wares mostly. I did like the temple though and found a great handout on Buddhism. Enjoyed the drums too... Thx for organizing.. Hope to meet at another meetup. Any chance of arranging another Thai Temple meetup?

    June 23, 2013

  • Rhea

    I always enjoy it! I was a bit disappointed in the art booths. Thanks, Jennifer, for organizing this though I regret that I didn't see anyone from the meetup (arrived later though!).

    June 23, 2013

  • Cristina

    Like several people in the group I won't be able to make it at 11am. Does anyone knows at what time it ends.
    Does anyone would like to make a second meeting point later in the day?

    June 21, 2013

    • Cristina

      Sorry, my battery died and I just saw your messages, once at home :( i did go but did not recognize anyone. Salut Dan, desolee de ne pas t'avoir vu.

      June 22, 2013

    • Jan L.

      Sorry we missed you Cristina. Hope you had fun anyway.

      June 22, 2013

  • Mark

    The venue wasn't overly crowded; though I arrived late. There was plenty of activities, the vendor booths and food were terrific.

    June 22, 2013

  • Jan L.

    I can't make it until 2:30pm, so I'd be interested in a second meeting point. When are you planning on getting there?

    June 21, 2013

  • Gabriela

    Unfortunately I got a call to work a trip with my airline very early Sat. so won't be able to join you afterall. Have a nice time.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jennifer Z

    I just sent out an email with my cell number so you can be sure to find us tomorrow. If you didn't receive it, send me a good email address where you know you can receive email.

    June 21, 2013

  • Marita

    Not sure when I will be able to make it...but hope to see you there :)

    June 21, 2013

  • Teri

    I will probably be late

    June 21, 2013

  • Daniel F.

    Sounds fun, I'll be there.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jan L.

    Probably won't be able to make it until 2:30pm. I'll give you a call to see if you're still there. Thanks for organizing!

    June 20, 2013

  • Kris

    Cool; looking forward

    June 20, 2013

  • Kim B.

    Sounds fun

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there, but I'll be late.

    June 19, 2013

  • Linda

    We can go on our own since I grew up going to this every year.

    June 18, 2013

  • Mark

    I won't get until after 1 PM. Hopefully I'll run into somebody from the group. See Ya there !

    June 16, 2013

  • Alvaro E.

    Traveling again out of country, jealous not to be able to attend have fun!!!

    June 16, 2013

  • Cathy L

    I can't go after all, as I forgot I was supposed to help run a swim meet.

    June 6, 2013

  • Brenda W.

    looking for ward to this event!

    June 4, 2013

  • Srividhya c.

    will try to be there by noon

    June 2, 2013

  • Ilise

    Would it be possible to send a reminder a week before?

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Mikelyn

    Looking forward to revisiting memories of my 2 weeks in Japan in March. Spent several days in Denver's sister city.

    May 31, 2013

  • Gabriela

    This sounds really fun. I'm on reserve in June with my airline. If I end up not flying I would love to attend. International festivals are right up my alley.

    May 30, 2013

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