March 31st, 2017
And we know this much:
- The Festival kicks off with the opening of Shofuso Japanese House and Garden on April 1. This 17th century-style Japanese house (designed by the renowned Junzo Yoshimura) and garden (including three types of Japanese garden styles) have been essential to Philly tourism and reveal a lot about Japan’s history with the U.S. and Philadelphia in particular. There’s a lot to love about this place, but their koi are very friendly. And there’s a lot of them.
- Wanna learn about Taiko drumming? Well, you can. Really. This Japanese art will be taught by Kyo Daiko. Again, all should feel welcome! No skill needed.
And when it comes to Sakura Sunday…
- There will be Taiko drums.
- Kanadete Sourou will be performing for the second time at Sakura Sunday. Though this is a rock band, much of their music is inspired by Japanese folklore and kimonos and hakamas often come out in the performances.
- Another performance that needs to be seen will be KuroPOP, a Japanese and Korean Pop cover group. These four New York girls want “to remind the world that performing with the love of Asian pop culture has no skin tone.”
- Little Akiba: a whole region of the Festival dedicated to anime, manga, and “other forms of contemporary Japanese culture,” including cosplay. Lots of cosplay. A cosplay fashion show, even. There will also be karaoke, a Harajuku Fashion show put on by the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and other events and stations to satisfy all-things-anime.
- IchiFuji-kai will be performing traditional Japanese-style dances, led by the renowned Helen Moss. Some have compared their style of dance, Soke Fujima, to that of Kabuki theater. It’s a beautiful, graceful sight, and I encourage you to take a seat and enjoy the dances of Japan.
Looks like it’s gonna be another great year at the Cherry Blossom Festival!