Cherry Blossom Festival this Sunday

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This weekend will see the 7th annual Cherry Blossom Festival in downtown Fort Wayne Indiana.

News release for the event:

7th Annual Japanese
Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, May 19th

Presented by: Japanese American Association of Indiana, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International Inc., Allen County Public Library, IPFW -Japanese Saturday School

Sponsors: Lutheran Health Network, VisitFortWayne, Petroleum Traders, The Chapman Fund, Stucky Bros., Gabriel DeLobbe, Tokyo Seoul, West Coast Grill, Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart,, Fort Wayne Bonsai Club.

When: Sunday, May 19, Noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Allen County Public Library, Main Branch (downtown)
900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne IN (north of Parkview Field between Washington and Jefferson Blvd)

Cost: Most events free for the public


Opening Ceremony Sunday, May 19, 2013

12 Noon – Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers

12:15 p.m. – Opening Ceremony
Suzuki Strings – playing the Star Spangled Banner and the Japanese National Anthem, and
Amadare (Rain)
Official Welcome – Fort Wayne Sister Cities Int’l and Japanese American Association of Indiana
Proclamation – Mayor Tom Henry

Featured Artists and Events at the Cherry Blossom Festival
Fort Wayne Taiko, from the Fort Wayne Dance Collective
Minyo Japanese Folk Dancers, from Indianapolis
Yoko Reikano Kimura, Japanese Koto
Hikaru Tamaki, Cello
The Fort Wayne Guitar Quartet, lead player Dan Quinn
Dorothy Kittaka, Soprano
Janice Furtner, Soprano
Irene Ator, Piano accompanist
Suzuki Strings, conducted by Debra Graham
Mrs. Shie Otani, Japanese Tea Ceremony
Zentai Martial Arts, Decatur Mudokwan and Indianapolis Kendo Club
Mike Schmid and Janice Furtner, Origami demonstration and hands-on origami activities
Karaoke, the public


Arts and Crafts of Japan Marketplace:
Bethany Lee – Paper arts
DCB Discount Comics – Manga comics
Hida Shashiko – Japanese embroidery
Japanese Saturday School – Accessories, crafts and Japanese souvenir items
Paul Griswold -Japanese-themed T-shirts
Rei Kihara – Japanese fabric dresses, cosplay costumes, art prints, “cherry blossom” accessories
Ronia Marie Krieg – Shibori Silk Scarves



Anime Art! Draw a famous anime character or your own original character for prizes.
Can You Haiku? Students will submit work prior to festival. Finalists from the schools will have their haiku displayed and will be invited to read their haiku at the festival. The public may also compose haiku at the festival for prizes.
CosPlay Competition! Students may wear costumes depicting their favorite anime character for prizes.


Taste of Japan

Toyko Seoul Restaurant, Sushi.
West Coast Grill, Yakitori
Woo’s Oriental Grocery & Mart, Japanese candies, drinks, ice cream, crackers etc.


Hands-on and/or demonstrations of Japanese activities:

Bonsai by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club
Japanese Goldfish Catch
Japanese-themed “Make and Take”, ACPL Children’s Services
Origami Demonstration and Hands-on sessions, Mike Schmid, Art educator/artist and Janice Furtner,

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