Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival

  • March 23, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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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:

Performers Stage

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

Who:

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.

When:

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.

Where:

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.

http://nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Currently watching performance

    March 23, 2013

  • Beth 3.

    Yes I am robin. Meet menu the Nissan car

    March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone else here yet.

    March 23, 2013

  • Lynne

    be there a little later.

    March 23, 2013

  • Rose L.

    I probably won't be doing the 9am walk - sleepy and cold. But I will definitely be there by 10am.

    March 23, 2013

  • Frances R.

    I am bummed that I can't go now.

    March 23, 2013

  • Rose L.

    Reminder: Parking is $3 at the Public Square parking garage on the downtown side of the river on James Robertson Pkwy. Assuming no rain, I plan to be there at 9am for the morning 2.5 mile walk. Call me if you want to meetup at anytime between 9am and noon. After which I will be on my way to the Ethiopian meetup.

    March 22, 2013

  • Biljana

    We will be there tomorrow but probably closer to noonish, so sorry if we miss you. Thank you all for the very helpful information and have fun tomorrow if I don't see you. :)

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I need to do laundry tomorrow, I don't have any clean clothes to go.

    1 · March 22, 2013

  • Pia H.

    I've always wanted to go to this, but always manage to miss it somehow. Nit this year! ! ;-)

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I'm not going to be able to make this. Was looking forward to it.

    March 20, 2013

  • Lynne

    Parking is usually free on north side of the river, adjacent to the pedestrian bridge from LP Field.

    March 18, 2013

  • Marie P.

    I have a funeral to attend so I have to miss this.... I'm so disappointed. :-( please, post pics for me!

    March 18, 2013

  • Rose L.

    For everyone who wants to know more about the festival, check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nashville-Cherry-Blossom-Festival/324653949587

    February 18, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Admission is free, and parking is available throughout downtown with $3 all-day parking in the underground public parking garage at Nashville Public Square.

      1 · February 18, 2013

    • marirae

      Make sure you have cash for this pkg. garage. They don't take debit cards.

      1 · March 10, 2013

  • Liz

    Where is everyone going to meet?

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Rose. Do you know how much tickets are? I didn't see anything on their website.

    February 18, 2013

    • Rose L.

      Feel free to copy any of the above information you like if you want to add to your meetup.

      February 18, 2013

    • Rose L.

      BTW, the $3 parking garage is on James Robertson just on the west side of the bridge.

      1 · February 18, 2013

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