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City of Torrance hosts annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival

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The City of Torrance invites the community to celebrate the first signs of spring under the blooming cherry trees at the third annual Cherry Blossom Cultural Festival on Sunday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Columbia Park has over 110 cherry blossom trees which have been donated by Soka Gakkai International – USA. In Japan, cherry blossoms, or sakura, are a symbol of hope, virtue and new beginnings.

They also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse and are an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life.

As is traditional in Japan, the community is invited to bring blankets to sit on under the blossoms.

Entertainment during the festival includes the Sampaguita Youth Dance Troupe performing traditional Pilipino works, Susan Mann’s Wahine Ilikea Dancers performing Polynesian dances, O-Edo Ichi-Za performing traditional Japanese fan dances, and Myo’on Taiko drumming.

Members of the Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild will exhibit and sell their artwork and food will be available for purchase.

This free family festival will be held on the east side of Columbia Park at 4045 190 Street in Torrance, near the corner of 190 and Prairie.

Sponsors of the Cherry Blossom Festival include the City of Torrance; the Torrance Sister City Association; the North Torrance Homeowner’s Association, Torrance Craftsmen’s Guild, and Soka Gakkai International, the Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education.

For additional information please call the Cultural Services Division, Community Services Department at (310) 618-2376(310) 618-2376 or visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TorranceCherryBlossom.

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