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Cherry Blossom Festival

Thanks so much to all the wonderful patrons who joined us on April 13, 2019 for the 5th edition of our Sakura Matsuri!


The festival takes place around the time our sakura (cherry blossom) trees surrounding city hall are in bloom, which historically occurs in early to mid April. We try to schedule the festival for the second or third Saturday of the month.  At our festival, you can:

  • Participate in a tea ceremony

  • Try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy

  • Create Japanese origami

  • Sample some great Japanese festival food

  • Pound rice into a sweet treat with a giant wooden mallet

  • Have your picture taken in a kimono or yukata

  • And more!

This year we're happy to thank Shumei of America for attending our Festival and bringing their taiko drumming group from the Shumei center in Lyons Station, PA.  Their thundering Japanese drums were a smash hit and we sincerely hope to have them with us again in the future!  Check out their Facebook page for more info if you want to play Japanese taiko drums, or if have an interest in natural agriculture or spiritual healing:

Shumei PA

A big thanks to South Side Bethlehem's own Touchstone Theater, for lending us their guest artist, renowned Japanese dancer Yoshimura Keiin.  Here's a link to her show. (sadly the show has passed, but check out Touchstone's other wonderful productions)

Sakura at Touchstone Theater

Stop by to enjoy these activities and experience Japanese culture! Be sure to check your local paper or this website for announcements about the next festival.