• 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Japanese Cherry Blossoms

    Looking for fun things to do during New York City’s Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival? Now that spring is officially here, we have a few great ways for you to enjoy and celebrate Japanese music and cherry blossoms!

    1.  Attend a Free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert
    Soh Daiko 250px On Saturday, March 29 at 3 PM, the exciting Japanese drumming collective Soh Daiko will be returning to Neighborhood Concerts to perform at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in Queens. The 12 members of Soh Daiko not only display energetic percussion; their performance also includes a variety of instrumentation and dynamic choreography. This event is great for the whole family and coincides with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival across New York City.

    Saturday, March 29 at 3 PM
    LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
    LaGuardia Community College | Mainstage Theatre
    31-10 Thomson Avenue | Queens
    RSVP required: rsvp-lpac@lagcc.cuny.edu
    www.lagcc.cuny.edu/lpac | 718-482-5151
    2.  Build Your Own Blossoms
    Origami Blossom Make your own origami cherry blossoms and wear them to Carnegie Hall’s Soh Daiko Neighborhood Concert! Follow the step-by-step tutorial here.
    3.  See Cherry Blossoms in Full Bloom
    Brooklyn Botanical Garden Cherry Blossoms Want to know when your local cherry blossoms are in bloom? Check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Watch Blossom Map tracker for the latest information on the blooming season. Every year you can visit the garden to view the beautiful blossoms, and if you missed last year’s festival performance featuring Soh Daiko, here’s a recap!
    4.  Visit Sakura Park
    Sakura Park 250px Located between Riverside Church and International House, Sakura Park owes its name to the more than 2000 cherry trees delivered to parks in New York City from Japan in 1912. The word sakura means “cherry blossom” in Japanese, and the cherry trees were presented as a gift from the Committee of Japanese Residents of New York as part of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration in 1909.
    5.  Venture out to Randall's Island
    Randalls Island 250px Randall’s Island’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival typically includes arts and crafts, Japanese tea tastings, and much more. This year, you can celebrate on May 3 from 10 AM to 2 PM.