Nashville April 12, 2019
Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Festival Is The Most Beautiful Way To Celebrate Spring
It’s finally springtime in Nashville, which means the flowers have exploded with new blooms and the city itself is unclenching and venturing into the light. During the months of spring, it’s as if Tennessee rejuvenates. It comes into itself, stretching its suddenly vibrantly green tree branches and flower fields and landscapes out across the state. The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of not only the friendship between the state and Japan, but the beautiful new opportunities spring provides.
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival will take place this Saturday, April 13th, 2019. As one of the preeminent free festivals in Nashville proper, it makes for one of the best ways to spend a Saturday, learning about the Japanese culture.
The cherry blossom trees are meant to symbolize the beautiful friendship between both the United States and Japan. The festival itself is presented by the Japan-America Society.
The event itself takes place in the Nashville Public Square, and will occur from 9:30 am to 5pm. Mayor David Briley himself will lead the highly popular Cherry Blossom Walk promptly at 9:30, so make sure you're there! The 2.5 mile walk takes you by the riverfront, and shows off the beautiful number of blooming trees in the city.
Great for all ages, the festival invites local artisans to set up tents with spades of fun items and homemade merchandise. There will be food trucks in the square as well, offering Japanese-inspire fare throughout the day.
Make sure to attend the cultural demonstrations if you have the time. You can learn about the ancient Japanese art of origami or even affably compete in the annual sumo match.
If you're looking to take your experience to the next level, you can purchase a pink Fans of the Festival wristband. For a $5 donation, you're given a $10 discount on food and wares throughout the festival, and the small personal donation helps keep the festival free.
The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival Committee has committed to planting 1,000 cherry trees over the past ten years, providing 100 new trees a year to the city. It's a Nashville tradition, a beautiful honor to the people of Japan, and an incredible weekend festival.
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