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The Prettiest Cultural Celebration

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Seattle in Bloom

You can enjoy cherry blossoms in parks all over the city this spring but the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival also offers a chance to appreciate a unique part of Seattle’s cultural history. In appreciation of the 1,000 Cherry Blossom trees gifted by former Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki to the city of Seattle in 1976, the festival has taken place annually as a celebration of the historic friendship between Japan and the state of Washington. Now in its 40th iteration, it’s the oldest annual ethnic festival to be held annually at Seattle Center, beneath the Space Needle. Bonus: the location offers the quintessential Seattle spring pic—the space needle obscured by cherry blossoms.

Aside from photo opportunities, hanami, cherry blossom viewing, is a reminder to celebrate life. Over the weekend of April 26th to 28th, there will be opportunities to enjoy traditional chado, tea ceremonies, origami, dance and martial arts displays, and traditional music, including taiko drumming circles.