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Denver Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival's 40th year.
Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival's 40th year.
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Sakura Square (Lawrence Between 19th and 20th)

Saturday, June 25th, 11am to 7:30pm

Sunday, June 26, 11am to 4:30pm

Cost: FREE

The Denver Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Located in Sakura Square (Lawrence Street between 19th and 20th Streets), this year’s festival will continue to feature live entertainment, dancing, taiko drum performances, martial arts demos and other cultural demonstrations.

Yo-yo champion Darren Kim will be on hand for a “Circular Motion” demonstration on Saturday. Don’t miss Soprano Meg Ozaki, singing opera. Other “do not miss” entertainment includes chanting poetry, group folk dancing, drumming and martial arts demonstrations. Sunday’s schedule includes all of the latter, plus Hula dancing and a performance by the Japanese School of Denver Children’s Choir.

There will also be an Asian market place with delectable foods, drink and family activities. Anime fans bring your wallets. There are plenty of collectables to choose from.

If you missed last year’s bansai (dwarfing trees) and ikebana (flower arranging) demonstrations, take heed. The Ohara School of Ikebana will be giving demonstrations twice a day in the Hondo (inside the temple).

Do you have a burning question about Buddhism? Reverend Fujii will give a Buddhist Tour and Lecture twice a day, followed by a question and answer session. While you are in the temple, ask for your free copy of the book “Life of the Buddha.”

Admission to the festival is free, but please make a donation to the Denver Buddhist Temple if you can. For a complete schedule of events, click here:

Or call the Denver Buddhist Temple at: 303-295-1844


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