Celebrate Japanese Culture and Spirit at the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Red Wing Park, 1398 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

​(Virginia Beach, VA) - 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 Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Red Wing Park (1398 General Booth Blvd) in Virginia Beach from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

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, and Virginia Beach City Public Schools Japanese programs and clubs. In addition, the Chrysler Museum of Art will be onsite to promote its newest exhibit honoring the vibrant sister city ties linking Hampton Roads and Japan. Gifts from Japan explores the Shin-Hanga, or New Prints, movement, a modern revival of Japan’s great woodblock printmaking tradition.

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.


This year, the City is dedicating a Peace Monument in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of USA DNBK Bushin Kan Dojo, established by Dr. Hiroyuki Tesshin Hamada, Professor Emeritus of Old Dominion University and Miyazaki City, Japan, and Sister City Coordinator of both Norfolk and Virginia Beach. The dedication ceremony is taking place Thursday, March 26 at 3:00 pm at the Miyazaki Garden at Red Wing Park.

The Peace Monument is constructed of a 30,000 lb. boulder extracted out of the deep mountains of Tennessee. This nine foot high monument symbolizes the spiritual serenity of nature and the eternal prayer for world peace, harmony and prosperity as evidence by the Sister City relationship between Miyazaki City, Japan and City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States of America since the late 1980’s with a charter granted by Sister Cities International in 1992.  The Japanese Education Culture Center Inc. and Hanshi, Takemichi Kuwahara and Honbu DNBK Japan, as well as participating DNBK members worldwide, generously contributed to the funding for this project. 

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.”

For more information about the 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, call Jason Kmet at 385-2990 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), e-mail fun@VBgov.com or visit www.VBgov.com/specialevents. For information about the Peace Monument in the Miyazaki Garden, please contact Amy Woodson at 385-0400 or email fun@VBgov.com


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