Beneath the Blossoms
6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival—April 12
Since 1912 when the mayor of Tokyo donated 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC, cherry blossoms, or sakura, have symbolized the friendship between the U.S. and Japan. Today, sakura matsuri, or cherry blossom festivals, are celebrated every spring throughout America.
Nashville’s 6th annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be a daylong, family-friendly celebration of Japanese culture, beginning with the Cherry Blossom Walk hosted by Sister Cities of Nashville at 9 a.m. followed by the ceremonial opening of the festival at 10 a.m.
The Main Stage on the steps of the Courthouse and two more intimate stages will feature live Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, a cosplay contest, martial arts demonstrations, and the new Pups in Pink Parade benefiting the Nashville Humane Association.
This year’s festival will also include cultural lectures and exhibitions, the Ginza Marketplace, and Artist Avenue, and a variety of activities for children. Several local Japanese restaurants will offer A Taste of Japan.
The Festival benefits the mission of the Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Committee to plant 1,000 cherry trees—100 each spring over 10 years—to help beautify Nashville’s landscape. So far, trees have been planted around Nashville Public Square, Riverfront Park, James Robertson Parkway, Morgan Park, Centennial Park, Inglewood, Richland Park, Shelby Park, Fannie Mae Dees Park, and the 51st Avenue North community.
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival takes place Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Nashville Public Square Park. Parking is available throughout downtown with $3 all-day parking in the underground public parking garage at Public Square. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nashvillecherryblossomfestival.org.