Back in 1956, President Eisenhower introduced the concept of "sister cities". Various cities around the US partner with cities in foreign countries in an effort to share cultures and bring an awareness of each other that books don't convey. The tech-centric Silicon Valley attracts a multitude of people from various cultures. The 2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honors its sister-city, Toyokawa, Japan. This is your opportunity to learn more about the Japanese culture and celebrate this friendship that has endured for almost 40 years.
What: 2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival
Where: Memorial Park, Quinlan Community Center (10185 Stelling Rd) & Cupertino Senior Center (21251 Stevens Blvd)
When: April 29 & 30, 10am to 5pm
Contact: Cupertino Sister Cities (408) 252-2303 or via email
2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival
In Japanese culture, the cherry blossom represents both the beauty and fragility of life. While the life we live can be full of beautiful moments and amazing adventures, it never seems to be long enough. The 2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival honors this wonderful sentiment right here in the Silicon Valley.
Guests can sample delicious Japanese cuisine, such as sushi, gyoza, teriyaki chicken and Asian chicken salad. Live entertainment plays on the amphitheater stage all day long. Here, you'll enjoy traditional Taiko drums, martial arts, dancing and music. Learn about calligraphy, origami, the Japanese abacus Soroban, Sumi-e (black ink painting) and a traditional tea ceremony from live demonstrations. Don't forget to visit the cultural displays of dolls, Bonsai trees, koi ponds, Japanese swords and Ikebana (flower arrangements).
Family is important in Japanese culture. Many generations live under one roof. Therefore, kids won't be left out of the 2017 Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo and several fun activities for them to join in on.
Park for free at Lots A and B of De Anza College on both days of the event. All money raised benefits the Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities Student Exchange Program. Bring your loved ones for a weekend of family-friendly fun.
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