Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
On May 8, 1976, Japan’s former Prime Minister, Takeo Miki gifted 1000 Cherry trees to the City of Seattle as a gesture of friendship which would impact the region for decades. This commemoration of America’s bicentennial and the long-standing relationship between Japan and Washington State quickly developed into the annual Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival, which is still active to this day. Yutaka and Tazue Sasaki have been instrumental in the festival since 1979, leading it for many years. The festival has become known as the largest celebration of Japanese music, dance and culture in the Northwest, offering unique opportunities to Japanese and Japanese American artists to present and grow their work in a public setting.
- Primary Form of Entity: Nonprofit
- Primary Artistic Discipline: Folk/Traditional/Heritage Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts
- Primary Areas of Activity: Arts Education: children and youth, Arts Education: adults, Arts in Community Development, Festival/Event, Presenter/Distributor
Research and Resources
The North American Post Story: Yutaka & Tazue Sasaki – Helping Japanese culture blossom in Seattle (2019)