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6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Published: March 12, 2010
The 6th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Red Wing Park, 1398 General Booth Blvd. Admission is free.

This event will offer the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, cultural activities and demonstrations, such as the paper art of origami, oriental pottery, Gyotaku and more. Mayor Sessoms will give the official welcome.

The mayor and friends of the Virginia Beach Sister City Commission are delighted to present talented performers of Japanese arts to the community in celebration of the goodwill and cultural relations between Miyazaki City and Virginia Beach. Entertainers will include the dance team from Nippon College of Sport and Science University, with its traditional drums and other instruments, under the direction of Professors Miyake and Kassai. Hailing from Tokyo, this is the team’s first visit and premiere performance in the United States.
                                                                       
The festival is sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, the City of Virginia Beach Mayor’s Sister Cities Commission, the Japan Education Culture Center Inc., and supported by the Virginia Beach Koto Society and Old Dominion University Martial Arts program.

Food and beverage will be sold. Patrons are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until the next day.

Modeled after the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Beach festival celebrates the goodwill friendship between Japan and the United States, marked by the 100 Yoshino Cherry Blossom trees which were donated as part of the Miyazaki Garden expansion plan, and planted by the Japan Educational Cultural Center and the Miyazaki Sister City Committee in 2005.

The City of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City have benefitted from many fruitful grass-roots exchanges since the early 1980s. For the last 18 years, Miyazaki and Virginia Beach enjoyed exchanges in the promotion and development of community volunteerism. In 2007, Miyazaki’s eco-park Hagino Dai and Mount Trashmore Park officially became sister parks. In addition, Virginia Beach’s Tallwood Elementary School and Miyazaki Minami Elementary School became sister schools.

For more information about the festival, call Shannon Moore at 385-0420 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), e-mail fun@VBgov.com or visit www.VBgov.com/parks.