No strangers under cherry trees

The 8th Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival presents Sakura Days Japan Fair in partnership with the Japan Fair Association of Vancouver (JFAV) on April 5 and 6 at VanDusen Botanical Garden.  
This fun two-day festival celebrates the cultural arts and traditions of Japan, allowing everyone to try origami, calligraphy, ikebana and other Japanese arts and crafts demonstrations. 
Visitors will experience Japan through performances including Japanese classical dance, taiko drumming, the Cherry Blossom Dance, shakuhachi (bamboo flute), martial arts performances, the Kid’s Tent and more.
“This year, we’re delighted to present a new “free” feature tent called “Cherry Rush” outside the Visitor’s Centre of VanDusen Botanical Garden,” said Linda Poole, Executive Director & Founder of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival. “The tent will introduce newcomers to the city to meet the Festival and learn all about Vancouver’s new tradition of cherry blossom viewing and celebration.”
The goal is to welcome newcomers to Vancouver and Canada, and help everyone feel a part of the community. The Festival gratefully acknowledges funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada and partnership with S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Purchase advance tickets to Sakura Days Japan Fair and escape to VanDusen Botanical Garden to experience the special ritual of the Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese festival food, sample premium sake, guided walks to the cherry trees, and haiku readings.
The festival takes place on April 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak Street in Vancouver.  For more information visit
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