The 2013 Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a family-friendly, daylong celebration of Japanese culture in the heart of Music City. The 2013 Nashville Cherry Blossom festival will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the Sakura Walk (2.5 miles) lead by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Mayor Karl Dean and Motohiko Kato, Consul General of Japan in Nashville.
Cherry blossoms, or sakura, have been a symbol of U.S.-Japan friendship since the Mayor of Tokyo donated 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. in 1912.
What The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring and friendship between Japan and American occasioned by the blossoming cherry trees, which are part of a ten year mission to plant 1,000 cherry trees throughout Nashville. The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival has three main areas:
Arts and Crafts, with demonstrations and exhibits of Japan culture
Ginza Marketplace, with Japan products for sale
Taste of Japan, with local Japanese restaurants
J-Pop Land, with an experience of modern, youthful Japan culture
Cherry Blossom Walk
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is presented by the Japan-AmericaSociety of Tennessee in partnership with the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville and the Mayor’s Office, Metro Nashville. The festival began in 2009 as a vision of the first Consul General of Japan in Nashville, Hiroshi Sato. Consul General Sato proposed the ambitious mission to plant 100 cherry trees each year over the course of ten years. The trees serve as both a symbol of friendship between the people of Japan and the United States as well as the backdrop for an annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In 2009, in addition to planting 100 cherry trees throughout the city, a planting ceremony and taiko performance were held in the Public Square. In 2010, the festival expanded to a full-day event attracting over 2,000 visitors. It included a performance stage and tents hosting Japan-related vendors, activities and food. The first Cherry Blossom Walk, a free community event hosted by Sister Cities of Nashville and Japan-America Society of Tennessee kicked-off the festival. Several activities related to the festival took place the week prior to the festival. We will expand these activities and partnerships in the future.
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is held on a Saturday in March, between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The Cherry Blossom Walk takes place the same morning and begins at 9:00 AM.
The festival is held outdoors using tents, rain or shine, at the Nashville Public Square. The steps of the Metro Courthouse serve as the main stage. The Cherry Blossom Walk begins at the Public Square. Activities associated with the festival take place during a month-long celebration on various days at various locations around town.