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8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

2215 Pan American Way E
San Diego, CA 92101

Region: Downtown
Date: March 9 - March 9, 2013

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Last entry into festival at 3:30 PM

Price: Free with paid admission

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Celebrating Spring and Our Community

  • Experience the beauty of the cherry blossoms in our grove of 150 cherry trees in our long awaited 9 acre garden expansion
  • See cultural performances and demonstrations
  • Taste samples from our first ever Sapporo Beer Garden
  • Eat authentic Japanese street food
  • Create fun kids crafts and play activities
  • Shop unique gifts from local craft vendors

The Japanese Friendship Garden is excited to once again share the Japanese tradition of hanami (enjoying the beauty of the cherry blossoms), Japanese culture, and local flavor with the San Diego community! Remember to bring cash for kids' activities, vendors, and beer garden entry! 


Sakura are rich symbolic flowers in Japanese culture. The short-lived beauty of the blossoms serves as an enduring metaphor for the transience of life. The form and color of the blossoms themselves reflect the traditional Japanese values of purity and simplicity. Those celebrating hanami look forward to the annual announcement of sakura zensen (the blooming of cherry blossoms all over Japan) every year to plan their celebrations, since the blossoms only last for a couple of weeks. In modern Japan, hanami involves vibrant outdoor celebrations where friends and family can eat, drink, and socialize in view of the beautiful sakura trees.


Commission for Arts and Culture, County of San Diego, Sapporo Premium Beer, Kyocera, ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, San Diego Linens, MME Events Production

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