The Ferndale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival begins with the Grand Opening Ceremony at 9 a.m. on Hanadori Trail, followed by the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center opening at 10 a.m.

Ferndale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival 2020

SPRING is the season of our waking world and YOU are invited to rejoice in the natural and cultural wonders of springtime in Japan at the Ferndale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 on SATURDAY, MARCH 28th at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center (2007 Cherry St.).

The City of Ferndale is proud to distinguish itself as the only city from Vancouver, B.C. down the I-5 Corridor to Seattle that hosts a Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri).

The free gala features delightful interactive entertainment and activities to collectively learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture within our immediate and wider community. Purposed for all age groups from preschoolers to elders, fun is a focal point!

Please review the Schedule of Events below and plan on participating in this remarkable celebration of Japanese culture and the fleeting beauty of iconic Japanese cherry blossom trees.

03/03/2020 – CANCELLED out of caution due to COVID 19 concerns.

CALL TO QUILTERS

You are invited to submit one or more quilts for display during the Ferndale Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival 2020 on Saturday, March 28th, 2020.

The quilts will be displayed in Pioneer Pavilion Community Center for a stunning visual of your unique art works.

Share your art in this community event that provides experiential opportunities to collectively learn about, honor and celebrate Japanese culture.

Submission Guidelines

  • It is preferred that quilts be made of Japanese fabrics, but not required.
  • Quilts should be sized double bed or smaller.
  • Sleeves are preferred.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Quilts will be judged by festival attendees.
  • First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Prizes will be awarded.
  • Submission forms and quilts must be dropped off at the Ferndale Library on Thursday, March 5th, 6-7:30 pm or Saturday, March 7th, 10-11:30 am.
  • Prioritization will be given to sequenced submissions due to a large but finite space for display purposes.
  • Quilts may be retrieved Sunday, April 5th, 1-3 pm at the Ferndale Library Meeting Room.

For further information and a submission form, call (360) 384-0050.

Maps

Schedule of Events

9 a.m.

Opening Ceremony on Hanadori Trail

  • Shakuhachi Instrumentalist Patrick Johnson from Seattle
  • Welcome and Acknowledgement of Sponsors
  • Haiku Reading
  • Cascadia Elementary Music Class Students Sing “Sakura”
  • and Other Songs in Japanese, then English

9:45 a.m.

Proceed to Pioneer Pavilion Community Center

10 – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome, introduction of Dignitaries, Sponsors acknowledged

10:30 a.m.

Cascadia Elementary Music Class Students Perform Bon Odori Dance (Honors Our Ancestors)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

OKK Taiko Drummers and Dancers from Vancouver, B.C.

11 – 11:30 a.m.

Paranku Craft (Eisa Drum) Workshop
A paranku is a small hand drum used in Eisa dance, a folk dance from the Okinawa Islands in Japan. In this workshop, you’ll make your own paranku drum.

11:30 a.m. – Noon

Masami Hanashiro From Vancouver, B.C.
Performance and Dance for All Accompanied by
Eisa Drums (Assembled and Played by Children)

Noon

Free Sushi and Green Tea Samples While Supplies Last

12:15 – 1 p.m.

Samurai Undressed Workshop
Get up close and personal with the amazing armor worn by samurai during the Warring States period (c. 1467 – c. 1600). This presentation will briefly introduce these famous warriors of Japan and specifically address the armor and weapons they used. There will be an actual demonstration explaining the various parts of a Japanese suit of armor and how it was worn. Presenter Lynn Shiori Miyauchi, Senior Specialist, Cultural Affairs and Public Outreach, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement) for Children Workshop
Professional Ikebana artist Noriko Sharik will introduce children to the elementary basics of Ikebana, the revered Japanese art of arranging flowers. A demonstration will be given and children will be provided with samples of traditional greenery and flowers to create their own arrangement.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.

Furoshiki (Japanese Wrapping Cloth) Workshop
A furoshiki is a decorative cloth used in Japan to wrap or carry many kinds of everyday objects. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to wrap a bento box, watermelon, and wine bottles, and how to use it as a shopping bag.

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Hip Hop Dance Demonstration
by Harper and I Dance Center

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Samurai Undressed Workshop
Get up close and personal with the amazing armor worn by samurai during the Warring States period (c. 1467 – c. 1600). This presentation will briefly introduce these famous warriors of Japan and specifically address the armor and weapons they used. There will be an actual demonstration explaining the various parts of a Japanese suit of armor and how it was worn. Presenter Lynn Shiori Miyauchi, Senior Specialist, Cultural Affairs and Public Outreach, Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

2:30 – 3 p.m.

Prizes, Awards and Closing

ONGOING EVENTS

  • Quilt Display
  • Ikebana Entry Display by Noriko Sharik
  • Kimono Display
  • Japanese Textiles Display by WWU Students of Associate Professor Seiko Purdue, Department of Art
  • Yukata Loans

A yukata is a casual summer kimono, usually made of cotton. Come by and try one on!

  • Bonsai Display by Bonsai George
  • Buddha Boards
  • Coloring Pages Book Assembly
  • Japanese Snacks Table
  • Children’s Educational Tea Ceremony Area
  • Ferndale Sister City Association Table
  • Bellingham Haiku Writing Group Display
  • Bellingham Sister Cities Association Display
  • Orizome Workshop – Instructor Linda Marshall of Washi Arts

Orizome is an age-old Japanese paper craft that combines origami paper folding and colored pigment dip-dyeing that creates beautiful patterned papers. Led by Linda Marshall of Washi Arts, both children and adults will enjoy this activity.

  • One Thousand Cranes Historical Display
  • Samurai Helmet Origami Craft
  • Cherry Blossom Tree Fans Craft for Preschoolers
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