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Upper Arlington Cherry Blossom Celebration

5 pm, Wednesday, April 10
Mallway Park, Arlington Avenue

The Upper Arlington Community Relations Committee invites residents to join them for the Second Annual Cherry Blossom Celebration, beginning at 5 pm, on Wednesday, April 10 in Mallway Park, on Arlington Avenue. This celebration of the grove of cherry trees by the Veterans Plaza is part of a broader series of activities scheduled across Central Ohio that celebrate spring and provide an opportunity to learn about Japanese culture.

UA’s Cherry Blossom Celebration will include the following activities:

  • Friendship Bracelet Making & Origami Activities – coordinated by Asian American Community Services and UAHS AAPI Association, with materials supplied by Bohindi and support from Jim Collier, Andrej Rotter, Reconstructive Surgical Arts, and Starburst Media
  • Guzheng Musical Performance – by UA High School Student, Elena Z
  • Koto Musical Performance – by UA Resident, Lisa Reaves
  • Coffee With Council – Upper Arlington City Council is hosting a booth, to meet with community members, share information on opportunities to serve on various Boards and Commissions, and to share some delicious cherry blossom buns with guests
  • Community Relations Committee Welcome Table
  • Cover to Cover Books Display

We hope to see you there.


Greater Columbus Cherry Blossom Festival
April 6-14
The Third Annual Greater Columbus Cherry Blossom Festival brings together a series of activities that reflect more than 100 years of friendship between the U.S. and Japan. The festival is centered around approximately 100 cherry trees planted at Franklin Park in Columbus, whose presence are rooted in the traditions and celebrations established in 1912 when the Mayor of Tokyo, Japan donated 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, DC and then President, William Howard Taft who hailed from Ohio.

The primary celebration for the Festival is scheduled for 10 am-6 pm, on Saturday, April 13 at the Franklin Park Adventure Center, 1755 E. Broad Street in Columbus. With the theme of “Be a Friend,” activities will include a variety of dance and musical performances, exhibits, games, a tea ceremony, Japanese food trucks and more.

Click here for the details of the various activities planned throughout the week.

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