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May 16
2021

 

Due to the uncertainty about when it may be safe to hold the 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival on site at the downtown Allen county Library, this year the 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival was held virtually on May 16.  

This decision was made out of concern for the nearly 10,000 people who gather annually to celebrate, learn and experience the Fort Wayne Cherry Blossom Festival.

We look forward to being able to experience the event in person in 2022!

Cherry Blossom Festival Fort Wayne 2021
a VIRTUAL event!

Thank you to all who joined us this year! This year's festival was very different from past years. It was not held "in person" at the downtown ACPL in 2021. It was presented VIRTUALLY. 

 

Thank you to all who have so generously given of their time and talents to have made this possible. And a truly heartfelt thank you to our friends and families, of all ages and backgrounds, who joined us in spirit on May 16th, as we shared the beauty and tradition of Japanese culture with our community.  It was of particular importance this year to embrace the bonds of friendship we have formed over these many years. Let us continues to appreciate, support, and respect one another and look towards the future, of which we each play a part. 

Check back later for videos of this year's
inspiring & entertaining performances! 

PERFORMANCE ARTISTS-virtual 

  • New this year!  Story Arts Journey, by Yasu Ishida – virtual story-telling, origami and magic 

  • Koto and Shamisen by  Miyabi (from New York) – our featured performers 

  • Vocal selections by Elaina Robbins, Ko Kaiden and Geena Kam 

  • Japanese guitar music by Dr. Daniel Quinn 

  • Shakuhachi or flute music by Wolfgang Young 

  • Japanese music, “The Sea in Spring, by Akira Murotani (trumpet) with violin (Alex Murotani) and cello or piano (tbd) 

  • Tea Ceremony, as recorded live in 2019 
     

ACTIVITIES -virtual - The winner was announced during our LIVE broadcast!

OTHER EVENTS & ITEMS OF INTEREST-virtual

  • Presentation on Japanese Monster movies, by Brian Scherschel – Godzilla (1954): The Original Japanese Masterpiece Still Reigns Supreme 

  • Kamishibai Story, by Dorothy Kittaka - How the Years Were Named

  • Presentation by Janice Furtner - The Art of Papercutting

  • Dedication of Cherry trees at the Downtown ACPL and Swinney Park 

  • Children’s Festival crafts to download
     

VENDORS – virtual 

  • Ohio Kimonos 

  • Yamerpro 

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Date

 

May 16

 

Spring 2021

 

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