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2023 Sakura Matsuri - Annual Cherry Blossom Festival (Live Taiko, Tea Ceremony, Performances..) Shoseian Tea House
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Date: Sunday, 26 March, 2023       Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Brand Park Japanese Garden - Shoseian 'Whispering Pine' Japanese Tea House
1690 Brand Park Drive
Glendale, CA 91201 USA
(818) 548-2147
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Map of Brand Park Japanese Garden - Shoseian 'Whispering Pine' Japanese Tea House, 1690 Brand Park Drive

Join us for our annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Celebration) with tea ceremonies, martial arts, bonsai, music, and more! In addition to the schedule below, you will be able to enjoy a day in the Friendship Garden with lots of cultural activities for the whole family. All proceeds go to the non-profit Friends of Shoseian to continue providing family-friendly, cultural events!

Cherry Blossom Festival Event Schedule
09:30 - 09:50 Taiko Drums by DJ “Yui Sensational”
09:55 - 10:15 Shindo Muso Ryu - Japanese Stick Fighting by Michael Belzer
10:15 - 1:00 Urasenke Tea Ceremony 1st seating by Nakada Shachu
11:10 - 11:30 Koto Harp and Japanese Dance by Saeko, Sakura and Shiho
11:35 - 11:55 Katori Shinto Ryu - Old School Martial Arts by Kitano-sensei
12:00 - 12:45 Urasenke Tea Ceremony 2nd Seating by Nakada Shachu
01:00 - 01:20 Dance & Music Performance by DJ “Yui Sensational”
01:30 - 02:00 Sumo by Sumo Dan
02:15 - 03:00 Urasenke Tea Ceremony 3rd Seating by Nakada Shachu

*Tea Ceremonies require a reservation, which can be purchased by clicking here.

The Cherry Blossom Celebration will also have many presenters and activities, including:
Japanese Music by DJ “Yui Sensational” * Japanese Calligraphy - Shodo Table
Ink Brush Painting by Nan Rae Studios * Martial Arts History Museum Booth
Friends of Shoseian booth with Japanese onigiri (rice balls) & okashi (mochi sweets)
Bonsai Display by Kaz Nakanishi * Katori Shinto Ryu Information Booth
Kimono Culture Booth by Nadeshiko Kai * Japanese Food Truck

Event Date
March 26, 2023 - Sunday 

Event Time
9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Celebration and Garden admission are free. Tea Ceremonies require a reservation, which can be purchased by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you in the Friendship Garden!

Parking inside the park will be very limited.
Friends of Shoseian is a non-profit IRC Section 501 (c)(3) organization.
Contributions can be tax deductible under IRC Section 170.

Brand Park, Glendale (1601 West Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91201)

About Shoseian Teahouse
Shoseian, built in 1974 through combined efforts of the Sister Cities of Glendale and Higashi-Osaka, Japan is one of the few traditional Japanese Teahouses open to the public in the United States. Spearheaded by Mrs. Otto Neufeld, local Glendale educator and prominent citizen, the Teahouse represents the spirit of goodwill, lasting peace and friendship between the people of Japan and the United States. Given the name “Shoseian” or “Whispering Pines Teahouse” by the Fifteenth Grand Tea Master of the Urasenke School of Tea in Japan, the Teahouse is designated an official Tearoom. Dr. Yamazaki of Higashi-Osaka provided initial support for the Teahouse and Gardens. The original Teahouse design was by architect Hayahiko Takase. A unique blending of western and eastern design, the Teahouse is an apt expression of the spirit of cross-cultural community.

Although the structure has remained open to the public, over the years the core focus of friendship and cultural exchange had waned. With the founding of Friends of Shoseian in 2001, this spirit has been rekindled. Through recent cooperative efforts by the City of Glendale, Friends of Shoseian and the Japan Foundation, the Teahouse interior has been completely renovated. It has been designated as a Landmark Building by the Glendale Historical Society. Nestled at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains beside a koi pond in a charming Japanese-style garden setting, the Teahouse is in a unique position to outreach to the community of Glendale and greater Los Angeles. Today, once again, the community can enjoy this cultural treasure and let the “Whispering Pines” speak to us of friendship and goodwill.

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Sakura Matsuri - 2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival at the Shoseian Tea House and Friendship Garden in Brand Park


Sunday, 26 March, 2023

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