Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival concludes with Sakura Sunday

LUKE SMITH / THE TEMPLE NEWS

The annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival’s nine days of festivities concluded at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center on Sunday. Attendees celebrated Japanese culture under the blooming Japanese cherry trees and cherry blossoms, also called sakura. 

The festival’s main stage entertained visitors with Japanese music and dance performances to celebrate Sakura Sunday, its final event. Two other stages hosted various other events, from martial arts demonstrations to arts and crafts. Pet owners paraded their pets around, competing to win the title of the “prettiest pet in pink.”  

“I loved the drummers,” said Nicole Gambardello, 22, of Riverside, New Jersey. “Their performances were amazing.”

Many came dressed in traditional Japanese clothing or cosplayed as anime characters. Some sat beneath the sakura, watching as the trees’ pink leaves fluttered to the ground. 

“I love sitting underneath the blossoms when the wind blows and it falls on you,” said Korissa Belville, 22, of Germantown. “It’s just a really great atmosphere because there’s so many friendly people.”

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