Included with Garden admission.
With a short blooming season, many believe Cherry Blossoms symbolize the fleeting beauty of life. It is also the national flower of Japan. Join us for a “hanami” or Cherry Blossom viewing as you stroll through the Garden or picnic in the Amphitheater Lawn. Travel to Japan through sight, taste and sound with bento (lunch), beer and sake for sale by Okamoto Kitchen and The Ramen Spott, live performances throughout the afternoon, and family-friendly craft activities for all to enjoy.
HereAndNow Theatre Company | 11 am
Kitsune Taiko | 12 pm
Kitsune Taiko is hailed as the “baddest youth taiko group to hit Little Tokyo.” Under the direction of the the highly acclaimed and award-wiining TaikoProject, Kitsune is comprised of junior and high school students who have reached a high level of achievement and have been invited to be part of the performing group. Blending contemporary and traditional styles through energetic choreography, the performance will include a mini, hands-on exploration of the Japanese drums for children.
Hula Halau ‘O Hoanui | 1 pm
Performance of contemporary hula dances by Halau Hoanui, showcasing the spirit of Aloha that has touched the people with Japanese ancestry in Hawaii.
Shin Kawasaki Performance and Children’s Sing-along | 2 pm & 3:30 pm
Japan native and award-winning musical artist Shin Kawasaki will perform both covers and original contemporary song in both English and Japanese. Shin will also lead visitors in Japanese Children songs traditionally associated with a Cherry Blossom hanami.
Kai Chika’s Ukulele | 3 pm
Contemporary ukulele band performs both classic and new Hawaiian songs.
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