There is nothing more indicative of spring than cherry blossoms. That light flush of pink and white is enough to make even the worst Scrooge-type feel joyful after the cold harshness of winter (especially this one).
For the past few years the blooming trees have been followed by the cheerful Cherry Blossom Festival and Walk. The festival is a celebration of the Japanese culture and its connection with Tennessee. It’s a great cultural learning experience and there will be sumo wrestling outfits people can try on, delicious Japanese cuisine, and all day of live performances on the main stage.
But of course with the recent events in Japan the Cherry Blossom Festival is now a great way for you to support the Japanese people by donating. The Japan-America Society of Tennessee will be accepting donations for the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund, with 100% of donations received going directly to Japanese relief organizations. It should be noted that tomodachi is Japanese for “friend.”
Everything will get started exactly at 9am with the Cherry Blossom Solidarity Walk, a 2.5 mile walk where you’re encouraged to step out and share messages of hope along the trail. After the walk the Main Stage will open at Public Square. Like I mentioned before there will be all kinds of entertainment. Music, children’s activities, cultural demonstrations and more will be happening all day until 4pm.
Again, this event is completely free and there will be tons of free fun and swag and whatnot, but please please please consider donating, even a little bit. Saturday is about fun and cultural appreciation, but it’s also about friendship and helping.