Japan Culture Week

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 25, 2013) — A week of FREE interactive events will turn lunch hour in Center City into a mini‐trip to Japan with activities appealing to all ages, when the annual Japanese Culture Week festivities return to the rotunda of The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St, Philadelphia. Between noon and 2 p.m. from Monday, April 1 through Thursday, April 4, the public is invited to drop by to enjoy a variety of close‐up experiences with the costumes, arts, crafts, horticulture and industry of Japan. The showcase is presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) as part of their annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia.  The annual events are the 16th celebration of Philadelphia’s deep cultural connections with Japan dating back more than a century to both the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 and the Sesquicentennial in 1926. 
 
Passersby at the Shops at Liberty Place and invited to experience FREE interactive displays and 
demonstrations including opportunities to 
• Photograph a large floral environment designed using the Japanese principals of flower 
arranging called Ikebana 
• Experience the intricacies of Kimono dressing, made of spectacular Japanese silks in brilliant 
colors.  
• Learn how to write their name using Japanese Calligraphy 
• Take home an origami folded paper ornament • Check outthe brightly decorated 2014 Subaru Forester, which isthemobile billboard forthe
festival. 
 
Additional events throughout April include film, an amateur sushi‐making competition, and Japanese storytelling at area libraries. The centerpiece and the high point of the public events is mid‐April’s Sakura Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Horticultural Center in West Fairmount Park.  This annual celebration is staged under the canopy of sakura, the Japanese name for the magnificent ornamental cherry blossoms which inspire this annual cultural extravaganza. Sakura Sunday offers a full day of food, world‐class traditional music and dance performances, martial arts, colorful crafts and activities for all ages, beginning with a 5K run. A complete listing of events is available online at http://www.subarucherryblossom.org and event information is available by calling 215‐790‐3810.   
 
The Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia, a project of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP), with tremendous support from Subaru of America, Inc as title sponsor.  The project aims to foster a better understanding of the cultural, social, and educational customs of Japan building on the JASGP commitment to plant and maintain cherry trees in local parks.  To date, JASGP has planted more than 1,000 cherry trees, supplementing the 1,600 flowering trees presented by the Japanese government as a gesture of friendship in 1926.  Upon completion of its 1,000‐tree pledge in 2007, the JASGP shifted its focus to plantings in community and neighborhood parks to help green and beautify urban communities.  Since 2008, cherry trees have been planted in Clark Park, Franklin Square, and Morris Park. 
 

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Monday, April 07, 2014
Recurring: DAILY

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11:30am Price: Unknown

WHERE
1625 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pa
Daily from 04/07/2014 to 04/11/2014. .

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