2023 Guide to the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

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Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is dedicated to increasing the understanding and friendship between the people of Japan and the Pacific Northwest. It will be happening on April 14, 15 and 16, 2023, at the Armory Food & Event Hall and the Fisher Pavilion.

The Festival features

  • Martial Arts Demonstrations
  • Ikebana
  • Kimono Dress Up
  • Contemporary Japanese Art
  • Loto Music
  • Technological Innovations
  • Tea Ceremonies
  • Children’s Hands On Activities
  • Taiko Drumming
  • Culinary Treats

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is the first ethnic festival held annually at Seattle Center and the oldest in Seattle’s Festal series. The first festival was begun by Mayor Wes Uhlman to commemorate the gift of 1,000 cherry trees given to Seattle for the U.S. Bicentennial by Japan’s Prime Minister. It has grown into a three day festival enjoyed by thousands of people each year.

The festival serves as a way for people to exchange ideas and to recognize cultural contributions and achievements of the Japanese American community. Hanami, the custom of viewing cherry blossoms, is a reminder to celebrate life.

If you’d like to know more about Japanese cooking, try these cookbooks. Use our links to see how you can save money on them.

Or you can enjoy Japanese cuisine at the 15 Best Japanese restaurants in Seattle as chosen by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. Shira’s
  2. Unii Sake House
  3. Japanese Sushi Cocina
  4. Sushi Kashiba
  5. Wasabi
  6. Momiji
  7. Sushi Kappo Tamura
  8. I Love Sushi
  9. Kuzuki Ramen & Izakaya
  10. Monaki Restaurant
  11. Nishiko
  12. Mashiko
  13. Katsu Burger
  14. Ramen Darbo
  15. Ooink

Seattle Hotels

If you’d like to visit Seattle for the Cherry Blossom & Japanese Festival, you should consider the following hotels. These hotels are offering discounts which can save you money on your stay.