Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation invites you to celebrate Virginia Beach’s international sisterhood with Miyazaki City, Japan, at the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) in Virginia Beach at a new time from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Due to Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ decision to hold make up classes on Saturday, March 29, 2014, the original schedule of events has been modified in order to accommodate student group volunteers participating in key activities and performances.
This event will offer the rich culture and beauty of Japanese music, martial arts, creative activities by A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts (at Birchwood Shopping Center), cultural vendors and demonstrations, plus tea samples at the Azumaya. The festival is sponsored by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, the Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach, the Japan Education Culture Center Inc., and supported by the Virginia Beach Koto Society, Virginia Beach Okinawa Sanshin Kai and Soka Taiko Group, Old Dominion University Martial Arts program, Virginia Beach Public Library Teen Advisory Groups, Virginia Beach City Public Schools Japanese programs and clubs, the Governor’s School for the Arts, and local Japanese volunteers. Featured performances include a drum routine by SOKA Taiko Group and a traditional Japanese dance performance by Nippon Sports Science students from Tokyo.
ADMISSION IS FREE. Food and beverage are available for purchase. Patrons are welcome to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the performances.
Modeled after the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., the Virginia Beach Cherry Blossom Festival held at Red Wing Park celebrates the goodwill friendship between Japan and the United States, marked by the 150+ Yoshino Cherry Blossom trees which were all donated as part of the Miyazaki Garden expansion plan and planted by the Japan Educational Cultural Center and the Miyazaki Sister City Committee in 2005.
The City of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, have benefitted from many fruitful grass-roots exchanges since the early 1980s. For the last two decades, Miyazaki and Virginia Beach enjoyed exchanges in the promotion and development of community volunteerism. In 2007, Miyazaki’s eco-park Hagino Dai and Mount Trashmore Park officially becoming “Sister Parks.” In addition, through our Sister Cities relationship, Tallwood Elementary and Miyazaki Minami Elementary School became “Sister Schools.” In 2012, a ribbon cutting was held at Red Wing Park to dedicate the Azumaya, patterned after a simple style house of eastern Japan. It is a setting for contemplation, meditation and reflection. Built in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cityhood of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, the Azumaya was completed in March 2012. The Miyazaki Garden at Red Wing Park is a unique setting; which is open to the public year round. The Azumaya anchors the rear entrance of the park and features flagstone flooring and walls made of parapet. Dimensional lumber, bamboo, cedar shingles and roof sheating along with other materials complete the structure.
For more information about the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, call Shannon Jennings or Jason Kmet at 385-2990 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), e-mail fun@VBgov.com or visit www.VBgov.com/specialevents.
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