A Taste of Japan: The return of the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

One of the many sites you will enjoy at the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Photo via Subaru Cherry Blossom)

To welcome spring, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival returns Wednesday, April 2nd through Sunday, April 13th for events revolving around Japanese culture. From karaoke, military dancing, and origami classes, we’ve picked plenty of events to entertain people of all ages.

Start off the festival on Wednesday, April 2nd during Karaoke Kickoff at Yakitori Boy. Beginning at 7 p.m., enjoy food, drink, and tunes. Singing is not mandatory, but exercising your vocal cords is encouraged.

If you love free food like we do, travel to Maido! on Saturday, April 5th for A Taste of Japan. Tastings will include curry rice, wasabi chips, mochi cakes, and okonomiyaki. Attending with an empty stomach is recommended.

Shiver in your seats on Saturday, April 5th at PhilaMOCA’s New Generation of J-Horror premier. See why Japanese horror producers are credited highly as masters of spook. Seating starts at 7:30 p.m.

Want to impress your fellow sushi loving friends? Sign up for a Sushi Workshop on Sunday, April 6th at the Headhouse Restaurant. Whether you are a master of the roll, or a beginner, these classes are for all levels of skill.

If you have never heard of the Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance group, you are in for a treat. Watch live music and dance performances at Swarthmore College on Sunday, April 6th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Attend a free workshop class on Origami at the Liberty Place Rotunda on Tuesday April 8th at 11:30 a.m. Guests will learn how to make flowers, animals, cars, and more with masters of the art. Practice makes perfect!

Visit the University of Penn on Wednesday April 9th, for a screening of Kiki’s Delivery Service. This beloved Japanese film will capture the hearts of all ages.

Treat your taste buds on Friday April 11th at 6p.m. for a kaiseki dinner at Margaret Kuo’s in Wayne Pennsylvania. This multi-course dinner pairing will truly give you an authentic taste of Japan.

Welcome spring with the Cherry Blossom 5k. This scenic course leads through Fairmount Park, and is a great way to start off your weekend. The event begins Saturday, April 12th at 7:00 a.m.

Educate and experience the Morris Arboretum on Saturday, April 12th for a handful of events revolving the Cherry Blossom Festival. At 10:15 a.m., visitors are invited to take the Cherry Walk and discover the variety of cherry plants throughout the Arboretum.

After the Cherry Walk, travel over to the Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew at 11:00 a.m. and experience this drum technique used during battles dating back since the Sengoku period.

Shortly after you treat your ear buds, the Samurai Arts Group will perform the ancient swordsmanship technique used for many centuries at 12:00 p.m.

Finishing the day is an Origami Workshop for kids at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Japanese Garden Elements Tour which highlights the Arboretum’s Japanese style.

Dine at Sakura Under the Stars on Saturday April 12th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. This picnic-themed dinner will take place at the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden under cherry blossom trees.

Close out the Cherry Blossom Festival at Fairmount Park with Sakura Sunday on April 13th from 9:30 a.m. til 5 p.m. This day-long event will feature live music, dance performances, martial arts, arts & crafts, food/drink, and much more.