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April 1, 2017

Culture in Bloom at Cherry Blossom Festival
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The city will celebrate the beautiful blooms of spring at the Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.

Apart from putting visitors in touch with Mother Nature, the April 1-9 festival also promotes Japanese culture, with a full week of activities honoring Japanese traditions amid a picturesque backdrop. Events will be held throughout the city, most just a few miles from your Dalian on the Park apartment.

Opening Weekend — On April 1 and 2, festival goers are invited to the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in West Fairmount Park, about three miles from Dalian on the Park. The traditional Japanese structure and its surrounding landscape hark back to the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, when several such houses and gardens were constructed to expose Philadelphians to Japanese culture. At today’s incarnation, visitors can take in artwork, learn about a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and walk through the cherry blossoms that dot the 1.2-acre property.

Japanese Culture Week — At noon April 3-7 at Liberty Place Rotunda, about one mile from your Dalian on the Park apartment, passersby can enjoy free and interactive demonstrations of Japanese activities — from trying their hand at making origami to donning a kimono. At 6:30 p.m. April 3-5, the program features sushi classes at The Head House, about two miles from Dalian on the Park, culminating in a sushi-making contest April 6.

Closing Weekend — The festival wraps up with a Cherry Blossom 5K and 10K 7:30 a.m. April 8 through Fairmount Park. The event is open to both runners and walkers — of all ages and abilities! That night, Union Trust, less than two miles from Dalian on the Park, brings together Cherry Blossom revelers for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, music and more. Sakura Sunday on April 9 caps the week with a daylong celebration of Japanese culture — including food, live entertainment, contests and interactive activities — beneath the cherry blossoms at Shofuso.


Cherry Blossom Festival

200 S. Broad St.



Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Horticultural and Lansdowne drives



Liberty Place

1625 Chestnut St.



The HeadHouse

122 Lombard St.



Union Trust

717 Chestnut St.


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