2012 Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden – April 7 and 8, 2012


The sakura (Japanese cherry blossom) has long been a traditional icon in Japanese culture and is a symbol of spring. In 2008, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) started the Sakura Days event. In 2009, several of Vancouver’s leading Japan-Canada business associations formed the Japan Fair Organizing Committee and joined forces with the VCBF to create a unique Japanese-Canadian festival event. At Sakura Days Japan Fair you can experience modern and traditional Japanese cultural arts, cuisine and business.

It will take place at the spectacular VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Soak in the wonderful Japanese festival atmosphere and enjoy delicious Japanese food and sake, cultural performances, arts and crafts and learn about Japanese culture and business.

Enjoy taiko drumming, martial arts, koto (Japanese harp), dance and singing performances. Participate in a tea ceremony, or learn about ikebana (flower arranging), origami (paper folding), haiku or calligraphy and try getting dressed in an authentic yukata.

2012 Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden - April 7 and 8, 2012

Sakura Days Japan Fair 2012 Schedule

Saturday April 7
Cherry Stage (near Cherry Grove)
10:00 – 10:30 – Opening Ceremony and Lion Dance
11:00 – 11:10 – Dance – Gladstone Japanese Language School
11:20 – 11:45 – Japanese Drumming – Tetsu Taiko
11:55 – 12:00 – Speech by Consul General Ito
12:00 – 12:10 – Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance
12:25 – 12:55 – Koto Performance – Kozue Matsumoto
1:05 – 1:25 – Dance – Otowa Ryu
1:35 – 2:05 – Haiku Invitational Reading – Vicki McCullough and Michael Dylan Welch
2:20 – 2:40 – Singing – NAV Chorus
2:55 – 3:25 – Koto Performance – Kozue Matsumoto
3:55 – 4:55 – Calligraphy & Shakuhachi – Etsu Essence Inoue & Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos

Children’s Tent
10:00 – 12:00 – Traditional Japanese Toys, Origami, Japanese Books
12:10 – 12:30 – Japanese-style Storytelling – KAMISHIBAI 4 KIDS Cancelled
1:00 – 1:45 – Origami – Joseph Wu
2:00 – 2:15 – Japanese-style Storytelling – Vancouver Japanese Language School
2:15 – 4:30 – Origami, Yukata

Sunday April 8
Cherry Stage (near Cherry Grove)
11:00 – 11:30 – Haiku Invitational Reading – Vicki McCullough and Michael Dylan Welch
11:45 – 12:05 – Dance – Vancity Soran
12:20 – 12:35 – Chanted Japanese Poetry – Kinpu Kokusei-ryu Shigin-kai
12:45 – 1:15 – Martial Arts – Shorinji Kempo
1:30 – 1:55 – Singing – Sakura Singers
2:00 – 2:20 – Japanese Drumming – Seymour Taiko Drummers
2:30 – 2:40 – Cherry Blossom Umbrella Dance
2:45 – 3:15 – Singing – Michael Dalley
3:30 – 4:30 – Calligraphy & Shakuhachi Fusion – Etsu Essence Inoue & Haagen Ryuzen

Children’s Tent
10:00 – 12:10 – Traditional Japanese Toys, Origami, Japanese Books
12:10 – 12:30 – Japanese-style Storytelling – KAMISHIBAI 4 KIDS Cancelled
1:15 – 1:30 – Japanese-style Storytelling – Vancouver Japanese Language School
1:30 – 4:30 – Yukata
1:30 – 3:00 – Japanese Books
3:00 – 4:00 – Origami

Saturday and Sunday
Glasshouse
12:00 – Learn About Haiku – Michael Dylan Welch
1:30 & 3:30 – Ikebana workshop (Japanese flower arranging)

Outside Truffles Café
3:00 РHaiku Walk (participants meet at the Caf̩ and go into the garden)

Visitor Centre Classroom
11:00 & 12:15 – Tea Ceremony – Urasenke Tankokai Vancouver Association
2:15 – 4:45 – Sake Tasting

Food and Beverages
Yakitori; onigiri; takoyaki; ramen; gyu-don; gyoza; oden; matcha waffles, chocolates, and macarons; healthy drinks; Japanese style hotdogs, sweets, curry and other gourmet delicacies!

Vendors and Demonstrations
Japanese influenced jewellery, tableware, soap, accessories, handicrafts and clothing for kids, adults and pets; shiatsu; photos; travel info. and Japanese eco-friendly cars and motorcycles.

2012 Sakura Days Japan Fair will be held on April 7th and 8th, 2012

Location: VanDusen Botanical Garden – 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak), Vancouver, BC

Date: Sat., April 7 & Sun., April 8, 2012

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Entrance Fee:
Adult (19-64) – $ 10.00
Senior (65+) – $ 8.00
Child (3-12) – $ 6.50
Youth (13-18) – $ 8.00
Family (2 adults & 2 kids under 19) – $ 24.00
VanDusen Garden Members – Free

For more information, please visit: http://www.japanfairvancouver.com

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