Above: Graphic flyer for the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival in Balboa Park.
On Saturday, March 19, 2011 the Japanese Friendship Garden will host its 5th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival is free with admission to the Garden. The Garden will also participate in Balboa Park Family Day and offer children 17 & under free entry with a paid adult admission. Tickets for food and games will be sold separately.
One of the most beautiful seasons in the Garden is spring when the cherry trees blossom into delightful pink clouds. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Garden while enjoying delicious Japanese food, arts and crafts, unique gifts, entertainment, cultural demonstrations and the crowning of a new Little Miss Sakura.
Guided docent tours will be given to view the Garden's expansion site which will lead to the home of over 150 enchanting cherry trees blossoming with brilliant pink flowers for everyone's enjoyment and endless photo opportunities.
The Garden will also crown a new Little Miss Sakura. Ten young girls will compete for the title of Little Miss Sakura and will be the representative of the Garden at various community and cultural events. They will compete in a song and dance performance and interview.
Currently, there are 150 Cherry Blossom trees located throughout the existing site and future expansion. The trees were donated by the Asakawa Family who were the original inhabitants of the original Tea House from the 1915 World Exposition in Balboa Park.
The Cherry Blossom Festival is among a number of fundraising and cultural events that the Garden will hold for the expansion project. Currently, the Garden sits on two and a half acres. Upon completion of the expansion project to its complete eleven acres, the Garden will become one of the largest public Japanese-style gardens in the United States.
The Japanese Friendship Garden is located in the heart of San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. Our mission is to provide a Japanese Garden dedicated to the well being of all people which offers educational programs that encourage understanding of the Japanese heritage among people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.