13th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
This year marks the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego’s 13th annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Visitors are able to enjoy the Japanese custom of hanami – appreciating the beauty of cherry blossom flowers – from March 9 to 11. Last year, the cherry blossoms attracted over 12,000 people and are expected to surpass that number this year.
Each day of the festival is accompanied by various vendors, cultural performances and demonstrations, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. In the upper garden, guests can browse the wares of local and visiting merchant vendors, selling a variety of items from handmade accessories and jewelry to cute toys. As guests make their way down the trail to the lower garden, they’ll find the cherry tree grove, koi ponds, Inamori Pavilion and food vendors. While marveling at the beauty of the cherry blossoms, guests can also enjoy performances, a tea garden, and beer and sake garden in the Inamori Pavilion or visit different Japanese street food vendors.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is located at 2215 Pan American Road East, San Diego. For more information call (619) 232- 2721 or visit www.niwa.org.